Alves parries two penalties but VCF narrowly lose to Atlético October, 02 2016 - Alves denied both Griezmann and Gabi from the penalty spot Diego Alves made two penalty saves but it was not enough as Antoine Griezmann gave Atlético Madrid a 2-0 victory in LaLiga on Sunday. In an evenly matched game Griezmann got the opening goal after 63 minutes, knocking the ball home after an earlier shot by Kevin Gameiro was saved. Then deep in stoppage time Gameiro used his pace to beat two players and slip the ball in for the second. Alves improved his record as statistically LaLiga’s best ever goalkeeper penalty shot-stopper by first denying Griezmann in the first half and then later Gabi Fernández. Valencia went out with confidence against a side that has upset the balance of Spanish football in recent years by winning LaLiga in 2014 and also reaching two Champions League finals in the last three years. It was a more attack-minded Atlético than usual, especially away from home and they had the first real chance of the game with Saul’s strike from inside the area saved assuredly by Diego Alves. Both sides had injury absentees in defence with Ezequiel Garay out for the blanquinegros and Diego Godin and Jimenez both missing for Diego Simeone’s side. Valencia had a lot of the ball in midfield and showed some good movement early on but Atlético stood firm and gradually the visitors came more into the game. The movement from Antoine Griezmann and Correa, in particular, made it difficult for the Valencia backline that worked hard to close down the danger. Griezmann did though have room for a dangerous strike that was parried behind by Alves for a corner, midway through the first half. Valencia also attacked in waves with Nani a threat on the left wing while also Atlético defender Filipe Luis was booked for bringing down Martín Montoya as he ran down the right channel. There was a fine move started by some neat play by Nani and a Dani Parejo nutmeg but the end shot from Gayà lacked power to trouble the keeper Jan Oblak. Alves came to the fore as he performed more penalty heroics to deny Griezmann after there appeared little in the contact between Nani and Correa for the spot-kick to be awarded. Valencia bounced back with Rodrigo having a shot saved when well placed. Santi Mina came on after the restart and he had a strike blocked by Lucas for a corner and Rodrigo also fired over. Valencia were in the ascendancy when they conceded. Alves parried Fernando Torres’ shot but Carrasco teed up Griezmann to pick his spot. Alves was then called on again to make a penalty save this time from Gabi. Gameiro had a shot blocked by Alves and with the play continuing Griezmann was brought down by Suárez but Alves parried well again. Eliaquim Mangala had a header late on that was gathered by Oblak and Mina nodded another chance over. Valencia CF: Alves; Montoya, Aderllan, Mangala, Gayà; Parejo, Suárez, Pérez; Cancelo (Mina 45mins), Rodrigo (Munir 67mins), Nani (Bakkali 79mins) Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Lucas, Filipe; Saúl (Carrasco 57mins), Gabi, Koke; Correa (Torres 62mins), Gameiro, Griezmann (Tiago 80mins) Goals: 1-0 Griezmann 63mins; 2-0 Gameiro 90+2 Referee: Clos Gómez: Yellow cards for Filipe Luis, Griezmann, Tiago (Atlético) and Mangala (Valencia) Copyright 2013-2017 Valencia Club De Fútbol. Quoting text from this article is permitted provided that en.valenciacf.com is credited as source, with a clickable link. Photographs by Lázaro de la Peña, re-use is not permitted.