Alavés: A frustrating night in Madrid

Alavés head coach Asier Garitano expressed his dissatisfaction at the penalty given to Atlético Madrid during his side’s 2-1 loss in the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.

The controversial penalty was given after Alavés’ left-back Rubén Duarte challenged Marcos Llorente in the box.

However, in the video replays it seemed that Duarte had in fact won the ball. Nonetheless, the resultant penalty was put away by Diego Costa giving Atlético a 2-0 lead.

“Receiving that kind of penalty hurt a lot,” Garitano said after the match. “It’s a pity that it happened in such an important moment of the match.”

Despite the penalty, Alavés, who have lost their last three games, put up a good fight, with striker Joselu getting a consolation goal in the 93rd minute, and Garitano found plenty of positives from the performance.

“We made it difficult for Atlético,” added Garitano. “We needed to make the game uncomfortable for them, because we’d come from two defeats and conceding goals, from not being a solid and committed team, and we achieved all that.

“The players that came out competed and were incredible. I’m happy for all of them. They’ve done really well.”

Alavés will look to end their losing run on Wednesday when they face Granada at Mendizorrotza. The side from Vitoria-Gasteiz are currently 15th in LaLiga Santander, nine points above the relegation zone.