first_imgMarcos Llorente, Joao Felix and Diego Costa were the difference as LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid beat the MLS All-Stars 3-0 in Orlando on Wednesday.Llorente put Atletico ahead prior to half-time before substitutes Joao Felix and Diego Costa helped preserve the team’s unbeaten pre-season.After lightning delayed kick-off at Exploria Stadium, Atletico came out and won an evenly contested fixture thanks to midfielder Llorente, who latched onto a Rodrigo Riquelme backheel before finding the back of the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Big-money signing Joao Felix then added a second in the 85th minute after Nick Rimando failed to deal with the Atletico sensation’s shot from outside the penalty area, while Costa made it 3-0 deep into stoppage time.The All-Star team was headlined by plenty of star power, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Nani and Carlos Vela all in the starting XI, while Bastian Schweinsteiger was on the bench. @marcosllorente & Riquelme  ¡Gran jugada y golazo!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #MLSAllstar pic.twitter.com/Z0v8fFJXlv— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 1, 2019Atletico named the likes of Joao Felix, Costa, Koke, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar and Jan Oblak among the substitutes following their incredible 7-3 demolition of Real Madrid last week.And the absence of Atletico’s stars contributed to a first half with clear-cut opportunities few and far between in Orlando.Brad Guzan made a decent save in the 15th minute, getting down low to deny Atletico’s Carlos Isaac from distance.Rooney almost opened the scoring for the All-Stars with a ferocious long-range effort that fizzed just over the crossbar approaching the half-hour mark..@WayneRooney inches from adding to the fireworks here in Orlando. #MLSAllStar Game pres. by @Targetpic.twitter.com/zhMc7blDfe— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 1, 2019Atletico managed to break the deadlock two minutes prior to half-time when Riquelme’s stunning backheel played in Llorente, who finished past substitute keeper Andre Blake.There were a host of changes before and after half-time, and the All-Stars had two decent opportunities to restore parity inside nine minutes of the restart.Diego Rossi’s volley flashed just wide of the post and into the side-netting, while Nicolas Lodeiro was denied by the onrushing Atletico goalkeeper Antonio Adan in the 54th minute.Space opened for Gonzalez Martinez in the centre of the penalty area but he side-footed over the bar with 12 minutes remaining and the All-Stars continued to press as Ezequiel Barco’s free-kick was pushed away by Oblak.Joao Felix then put the result beyond doubt thanks to some help from Rimando, who failed to keep out the 19-year-old’s strike, before the Portuguese star set up Costa for Atletico’s third in the 93rd minute. read morelast_img

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