Tottenham vs. Atletico Madrid: Score and Reaction from 2016 ICC

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2016

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29:  Diego Godn of Atletico Madrid celebrates a goal with team mates during 2016 International Champions Cup Australia match between Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico de Madrid at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid battled to a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia on Friday in the International Champions Cup

After Spurs struck the woodwork twice early on, Diego Godin prodded his team in front in the 40th minute against the run of play. Tottenham had a number of chances in the second period, although they were unable to breach a well-organised Atletico side.

As noted by Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail, the tone for this match between two physical outfits was set instantly:

Mike Keegan @MikeKeegan_DM

We've been playing for 15 seconds and we have a man down. Kieran Trippier clattered.

Spurs began on the front foot, with Christian Eriksen testing Jan Oblak from distance in the seventh minute. Not long after, Josh Onomah struck the bar from close range following a scramble at a corner, and the usually resolute Atletico were looking a little shaky.

Onomah struck the bar, as Spurs started on the front foot.
Onomah struck the bar, as Spurs started on the front foot.Scott Barbour/Getty Images

By contrast, the Premier League side put together some neat moves. Erik Lamela burst through on goal after a nice passing exchange in the 20th minute, and he did well to hold off his marker but could only strike the foot of the post with his sweet shot.

At this juncture, as sports journalist Chris Miller picked up on, the Premier League side looked much sharper:

Chris Miller @WindyCOYS

Spurs have got into their stride quickly - they are further through pre-season prep than their opponents. Winks knitting things together.

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Atletico are not a team you can switch off against, though, and they showed why in the 40th minute. There didn’t seem to be any danger when Gabi lofted a free-kick into the area, but his cross skidded off a Spurs head to the back post, where Godin was on hand to finish.

Here’s a look at the goal, via Sky Sports Football:

Sky Sports PL @SkySportsPL

GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Atletico Madrid. Diego Godin strikes again! SS1 or follow our live blog: https://t.co/E8mCcA9VqQ https://t.co/QdKgYRyxUM

It was harsh on the north Londoners, although they had looked vulnerable from crosses into the box in the first 45 minutes, which concluded with Atletico a goal ahead. 

Tottenham started to apply more pressure after the break, as their Primera Division opponents retreated into a defensive shape.

Oblak was on hand twice to prevent Spurs equalising before the hour mark. The stopper tipped Ryan Mason’s volleyed effort over the bar brilliantly, before plunging to his right to get a strong hand to Vincent Janssen’s stinging free-kick. Yahoo's Andrew Gaffney was impressed:

Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC

Oblak is outstanding.

Despite the pressure from Spurs, Atletico always looked a threat on the break, and Saul Niguez saw a goal-bound header blocked with the clock ticking down.

Late on, Spurs continued to probe meticulously, although with substitutes made by both sides, attacking rhythm was hard to find. Mason's bursts from midfield were posing some problems, but Atletico were relatively comfortable seeing the scrappy second half out.

Spurs were thwarted frequently by a strong Atletico defence.
Spurs were thwarted frequently by a strong Atletico defence.SAEED KHAN/Getty Images

Both Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Atletico manager Diego Simeone produce teams renowned for their industry and organisation, so it was fascinating to see these outfits go toe-to-toe in pre-season. Each manager will feel as though there's something to take from this contest, as it was played at a swift tempo and in physical style.

Simeone will be delighted with the resolve his players showed against a team further along in their pre-season preparations. While Spurs were unable to secure a victory, Pochettino can take confidence from the performance of some of his young players, particularly Harry Winks, and a strong showing from Janssen at the point of the attack.



Pochettino hailed Oblak's performance after the game, and the Spurs boss insisted he was pleased with his team's display:

Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial

Mauricio: "It was a fantastic performance and a great experience for us. I am very happy with this young team." https://t.co/HbJFFWuvgs

Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial

Mauricio: "Their GK was man of the match which says a lot. We finished the game with 9 players who have come through the academy - great."

Atletico shared the following snap of the goalkeeper with his man-of-the-match gong:

Atlético de Madrid @atletienglish

Oblak has been amazing. He’s been named Man of the Match! 👏👏👏👏 #ICCTOTATM #ICCMelb #LaLigaWorld https://t.co/UIhcLYRxpu


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