Atlético Madrid scraped a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at the MCG in Melbourne tonight.
Both teams fielded high strength squads in what was by far the most entertaining game of the International Champions Cup.
Tottenham made sure to start strong early, after conceding in the 6th minute against Juventus on Tuesday night. Spurs played a higher line, and looked in control early as new boy Victor Wanyama dictated the midfield.
Atlético were stuck in first gear, and understandably considering it was their first real pre-season test. Spurs should have taken the lead, after Josh Onomah’s close range volley thundered onto the crossbar.
Much was anticipated from fan favourite Fernando Torres, but he failed to make any impact. Spurs recent signing Vincent Janssen however, took advantage of his pre-season opportunities due to Harry Kane’s absence from the side.
Janssen flicked a ball over the last defender to Argentine Erik Lamela, who was also denied by the woodwork.
The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute, after 19 year old Anton Walkes failed to clear his lines. It gifted Diego Godin a poachers toe-poke to make it 1-0 to Los Rojiblancos.
Tottenham’s second half was a splitting image of their first, coming out strong but lapsing in concentration during crucial moments. The real hero from tonight’s match was Atléti goalkeeper Jan Oblak, making multiple world class saves.
He denied Janssen his debut goal for Spurs, and also made a goal line save from Ryan Mason’s powerful volley.
Atlético held on for the 1-0 win, kicking off their campaign in perfect fashion.
MAN OF THE MATCH: JAN OBLAK
Oblaks’ efforts didn’t go unnoticed, awarded the man of the match post game.