Oblak blots out Napoli as Atlético advance to Audi Cup final

AUDI CUP | ATLÉTICO 2-1 NAPOLI

Oblak blots out Napoli as Atlético advance to Audi Cup final

Oblak blots out Napoli as Atlético advance to Audi Cup final

MICHAEL DALDER

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The Italians dominated their early exchanges but couldn't find a way past the Belgian keeper, who saved a penalty. Torres and Vietto scored for El Cholo's troops.

Madrid

Atlético de Madrid stride forward to tomorrow's Audi Cup final where Bayern Munich or Liverpool will be waiting for them. This evening's victory was partly down to the tinkering Diego Simeone did with his subs' bench to reinvigorate his team, and largely down to goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who was imperviable against Napoli's attack - and superbly detained a penalty from Arkadiusz Milik.

Fernando Torres equalises against Napoli

Callejón volleys in the opener for Napoli

El Cholo switched Gaitán for Thomas and Atleti suddenly looked a different side. Earlier, it was Napoli who looked to have the firmly under control. The Italians had to wait until the hour mark to find a way past Oblak - a deep ball from the left found Callejón unmarked, and the Spaniard's volley into the ground bobbed up and looped inside the top corner. Simeone waited six minutes to move the bench. Off trotted Gaitán and in his place, Thomas, who gave Atleti more control in the centre of the park and played a part in the equaliser as Griezmann stormed inside the Napoli box then squared to Torres, who beat Reina with an improvised finish - bringing down a bouncing ball with his heel which bobbed over the line. The winner was pure, unadulterated Atleti - a corner flicked on for Vietto, completely unmarked, to head over the line at the far post. 

Luciano Vietto's winner

Godin sent off

It may have only been a friendly but it seems there's no such thing in Diego Godín's book - he was ordered off for a second booking - his second in six minutes for two wild kicks, just moments before the whistle.

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