By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo:
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey admitted that the Los Rojiblancos respected their opponents and needed their wealth of experience to defeat the Super Eagles B team 3-2 in Tuesday’s GOTV Max Cup friendly at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Partey who had a torrid time curtailing Kelechi Nwakali and his elder brother Chidebere revealed that the watchword of Atletico of not underrating any opponents helped them secure the victory over the Nigerian team.
“It was a very good game and their fans were behind them which made them grow well into the game,” the Ghana international said during his post-match interview.
“We did the right thing and we were able to get the victory. They are a good side.
“We have a philosophy of not underrating any team which helped us tonight.”
Nwakali Jnr gave the Super Eagles B team the lead in the 31st minute but Angel Correa restored parity for the newly crowned UEFA Europa League champions a minute later.
Substitute Fernando Torres made it 2-1 for Atletico Madrid, heading in a corner in the 64th minute before Usman Mohammed levelled scores for the Nigerian side after showing amazing skills in the box.
Borja Baston sealed the win for Atletico Madrid five minutes from time, firing in off a defence-splitting pass.