Not even Suárez could with the curse of the derbies of the Metropolitan

The Hex of Metropolitan Wanda continues: four derbies, three draws and one defeat. Not the Uruguayan Luis Suarez With his goal in the first 15 minutes, he allowed the rojiblanco team to impose themselves for the first time in their new stadium against the eternal rival, who tied at the end with a goal from the French Karim Benzema.

Three and a half years after its inauguration, at Metropolitan Wanda, which is already having its great football nights and where two titles have already been celebrated (the Europa League 2018 and European Super Cup of that same year) still lacks a pending subject: a victory of the
Atlético de Madrid
against him Real Madrid.

And when it seemed that the rojiblanco club finally obtained its triumph, six derbies after its last victory against its great citizen opponent, with Suárez as a figure, Benzema got in the way of what could have been a great joy for a Madrid derby coinciding in time with a sad anniversary: ​​a year ago since the last game with the public of the Metropolitan.

The last time the rojiblancos fans were able to go to their brand new coliseum on the avenue Luis Aragones It was exactly one year ago, in a Athletic-Seville March 7, 2020 (2-2). Since then, Atlético without its public has obtained 14 victories, 5 draws and two defeats, with today’s, at home, with 39 goals for and 13 against among all competitions.


The Athletic He came out bossy, offensive, looking for his rival with high pressure and maturing his attacks with patience and talent – any resemblance to the team that faced the first leg against English Chelsea seemed purely coincidental – and found his scorer at the right time.

Suarez, who accumulated five games without scoring, found his way to goal at the key moment. He did it after the longed-for connection on the right wing of the Athletic, between english Kieran trippier -novation of the eleven after nine games of absence due to the sanction of the English Federation- and Marcos Llorente placeholder image. The Madrilenian, in a new exercise of explosiveness, offensive exuberance and intelligence, perceived on the fly the intention to uncheck his partner.

And when the ball was already on its way, Suarez did what he knows how to do: a shot with the outside of the right foot, looking for the desired effect to save the exit of Thibaut Courtois.

In the last five games, he had attempted 14 shots without success. In the sixteenth – before he had a direct free kick that went wide – he managed it to score his seventeenth goal in 22 league games. Since the previous derby, in which Atlético lost 2-0 in Valdebebas, 42 percent of the 26 goals of the Athletic in The league until today they were his.

A point that is the twelfth that marks the Real Madrid. The previous 11 had been with him Barcelona in 16 matches, seven in the last eight games, until this Sunday. “It is the revenge of what was the first leg to be able to show that we want to continue up in the League,” he warned before the match.

Luis Suarez fulfilled his threat, but the failures on the occasions at the start of the second half, both due to good performances by the Belgian goalkeeper of the Real Madrid Thibaut Courtois before auctions of Carrasco Y Suarez, as for the Argentine ruling Angel Correa when he finished off alone inside the area, they turned a happy red-and-white afternoon into a dangerous ending: a white avalanche and a goal from the French Karim Benzema, that lengthens one more year the curse of the derbies of the Metropolitan.