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Sunday, 19 December 2010 21:54

Video: Tiago inspires Atletico victory

Malaga 0-3 Atletico Madrid

Tiago Mendes scored twice and provided the assist for the other as Atletico Madrid moved into the top six in La Liga by beating Malaga this evening. Simao Sabrosa set up both of the midfielder’s goals, as the Portuguese pair had a major influence on proceedings.

Tiago and Simao both started the match for Quique Sanchez Flores’ team, while there was a strong Portuguese presence in the home side. Recently appointed Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini selected Helder Rosario, Duda and Eliseu in his starting line-up, but Edinho missed out on a place in the Andalucian squad.

Former Braga and Benfica man Tiago opened the scoring for the visitors on 22 minutes, heading home a Simao free-kick to put Atletico 1-0 up. Tiago was then on-hand to assist his team’s second goal twenty minutes into the second period, again using his head to set up Alvaro Dominguez to convert from close range.

A few minutes later and the same combination that provided the opening goal put the seal on the three points. Simao again swing in a free-kick from the left and Tiago managed to get across the Malaga defence and glance his header into the far corner to take his season tally in the league to four goals.

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Comments (7)
7 Monday, 20 December 2010 18:11
Tiago is a good midfielder,but in my opinion he shouldn't be given the playmaking role behind the striker. He is a hard worker and he is good at spreading the ball around the field, but he definitely isn't our best option. Danny and Ruben Micael are the type of players who can beat teams with their passing and dribbling.

Tiago had one good game for the seleccao in recent memory and that was against North Korea, but how was he against Brazil and Spain? Our midfield consisted of 2 box-to-box midfielders and a centerback playing as a defensive midfielder and our attack against the real teams like Cote Ivoire, Brazil, and Spain was horrendous.
6 Monday, 20 December 2010 17:28
I would have Tiago start it's just that I find him to slow but what am I saying? Martins is an old bag LOL! ahhhhh just stick Tiago there....
Interesting comments
5 Monday, 20 December 2010 03:25
Some strong words Gino but I disagree. Tiago is a good player but I believe he is too inconsistant. Simao is great but he has lost his speed and isn't as effective as he used to be.
you guys are NUTS
4 Monday, 20 December 2010 01:48
i love how just because micael is from porto he deserves to be starting..REALLY PPL? then might aswell give ruben amorim a shot loool...

the point like supremogino said, is that Tiago should be starting, Martins only has the occasional wonder goal while Tiago contributes MUCH more, i believe he deserves the spot, and any real "Portugal" fan knows this!
Good but Micael is better
3 Monday, 20 December 2010 00:03
Ruben Micael, Moutinho and Meireles...thats the centre midfield of my dreams for Portugal.
Not good enough for NT
2 Sunday, 19 December 2010 23:36
I hate Martins but I would still put Martins for the NT instead of Tiago. Micael should be playing instead of Martins.
1 Sunday, 19 December 2010 23:14
That is what im talking about. Two great legends of Portuguese football and wheres the credit? I miss Simao he has so much left to offer and its funny cause people debate whether Danny or Micael should go in place of C.Martins but clearly the man for the job is Tiago wake up people. The way this man operates the midfield. We should build a statue in his honour simply a masterpiece combine that with the form of Joao Moutinho. Portugal will tear sh*t up in the Euros.

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