International Sports Desk, Aug 1 (EFE).- Atletico Madrid defeated Japanese first-division club Sagan Tosu on penalties in a pre-season friendly Saturday that was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
During the contest at Best Amenity Stadium in the southwestern Japanese city of Tosu, Atleti showed their ability to string passes together and threaten their opponents' goal but struggled to get the ball in the back of the net.
Atletico opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a corner kick by Koke curved into the goal past Sagan net minder Eisuke Fujishima.
The Colchoneros then showed their best form of the match shortly afterward, with midfielder Oliver Torres orchestrating the attack in the center of the field and seeking to set up scoring opportunities for Saul Ñiguez and Koke, but the Spanish side was unable to deliver a knockout blow.
Instead, Sagan got the equalizer with less than 10 minutes remaining when Ryosuke Tamura, who had come on in the second half, charged down the right side and toward the Atleti goal and fired a shot that ricocheted off goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya and Montenegrin defender Stefan Savic before bouncing over the goal line.
The 2013-2014 La Liga champions, however, took a quick lead in the penalty shootout thanks to one Japanese miss and a save by Moya before finishing off a 4-1 victory with a goal by Argentine forward Luciano Vietto.
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