|Not in their usual stripes as Atletico were in black|
In such a match that rarely having Singapore football fans getting up close to see some of the finest in the game since the torn down of the old National Stadium, it is definitely having to see the best of what we have to pit against a quality opponents such as the Los Rojiblancos with a balanced mixed of players from the S.League and the Lions XII.
|Former Lions skipper Indra Sahdan (red) in action|
|1st half skipper Shahril Ishak let down by poor touches up front|
Of course, the timing of their visit came at a time when Atletico are still in the midst of their domestic campaign that is entering crucial period, which some quarters questioned if the timing is suitable to have a game at this point, which both physical and mentally demanding for them?
|Rosman Sulaiman (12) won the aerial duel against Falcao|
|Falcao (in black) being dispossessed by the sea of reds|
In which I felt the last 30 odd minutes of the game did allow the 7,048 fans being treated to some football feast (like those they saw on TV) when the guests decided to replace almost their entire outfield players much to the crowds' delight with the emerging of Falcao on the pitch.
|Ahmad Latiff (right) back from international hiatus after a long break|
|Geylang International's Jozef Kaplan started the game well|
|Atletico coach Simeone felt it was a competitive match|
When asked if any local boys could make the cut in European, Atletico coach Diego Simeone didn't really give an outright answer, although he added it's hard to access Hariss Harun's European prospect just based on one game he saw of him, despite being impressed by the supposedly Portugal-bound Lions XII midfield mainstay.
Following the match, the Spaniards will pack their bags and head home to Madrid to complete the remaining domestic fixtures.