Reyes opened the scoring for Los Rojiblancos in the 62nd minute when his persevering charge towards Julio Cesar’s goal afforded him the time and space to slot a low effort past the Brazilian stopper. Poor defending, clinical finish.
Sergio Aguero then doubled the La Liga side’s lead when SimÃƒÂ£o’s tantalising low pass across the six-yard box left the Argentine striker with a simple tap-in.
Rafael BenÃƒÂtez’s Inter were handed some late hope after RaÃƒÂºl GarcÃƒÂa brought down Goran Pandeev in the penalty area, but newly-crowned European Player of the Year Diego Milito missed the resulting spot-kick and the chance to set up a tense ending. The Europa League holders held on to seal another UEFA title.
The clash was a tactical affair, with both sides taking time to settle into a first half that lacked major incident. The second period was livelier, but ultimately AtlÃƒÂ©tico contained BenÃƒÂtez’s cautious team with an efficiency that will worry the Spanish coach – the Serie A champions only managing to muster up two shots on target despite edging the possession.
All in all, it was a night to remember for the AtlÃƒÂ©tico fans, who deserve credit for bringing the stadium to life when matters on the pitch were less inspiring – and it was a case of ‘job done’ according to ex-Gunner Reyes.
“We played extremely well and as a team we did what we set out to do,” said Reyes. “It was a hard match but we played at our best.
“It was a tremendous feeling scoring the goal – all players dream about that. I am very pleased, not only about the goal but the match as a whole and the team’s performance.”
AtlÃƒÂ©tico coach Quique Sanchez Flores added: “This brings great joy to our fans and I must say we played very well and deserved to win. I was very satisfied.”
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