A highly eventful weekend for Portuguese abroad was given the perfect finale on Sunday evening when João Félix scored his first La Liga goal since September for Atletico Madrid.

The 20-year-old has been out of action for the past few weeks with a muscle problem, causing him to miss the recent Champions League victory over Liverpool, but Félix was restored to Diego Simeone’s matchday squad as a substitute for the visit of Villarreal.

Atletico ran out 3-1 winners on the night, with Félix joining the action at 1-1 after former Benfica man Angel Correa had ensured the hosts went in level to cancel out Paco Alcacer’s opener. Captain Koke put Atletico ahead (64’) and ten minutes later Félix found the net to make the game safe with a left-footed shot which took a deflection on its way past Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

Félix had not scored for Atletico  since November 11th when he netted against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League, while it was the former Benfica man’s first league goal since he registered against Mallorca on 25th September. After the match, Simeone said: “I am glad to have these players back, and Trippier and Félix were important in the result tonight.”

Félix will be hoping for a first start in over a month when Atletico travel to bottom of the table Espanyol in La Liga next Sunday.

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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Our stock has never been higher. Huge hits like Silva, Ronaldo, Felix, Neves, Jota, Gomes, Renato, and now Fernandes show that we can hold our own and best anybody.

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Angelo, I love your enthusiasm. I wish I could be as optimistic as you, but sadly I'm not.

It's not because I disagree, because we do have some good talent, even though Renato having a good 3 months and Joao Felix showing proving that he was...

Angelo, I love your enthusiasm. I wish I could be as optimistic as you, but sadly I'm not.

It's not because I disagree, because we do have some good talent, even though Renato having a good 3 months and Joao Felix showing proving that he was massively overvalued, is not much to get excited about.

I believe we have proven powerhouses like Ronaldo, Ricardo P, Bernardo and Bruno F., William and Rui P. The issue is that our players are technical marvels, truly high level athletes.

Sadly, this is the type of player Fernando Santos doesn't really know what to do with. He won us the Euro arguably because he had a workhorse team. He relied heavily on the running and tactical discipline of guys like William, Moutinho, Adrien, Cedric, Joao Mario and Andre Gomes.

Not to say these guys aren't good. But Fernando made them sacrifice flair for tactical adherence. I fear of he insists on the same thing this summer, we are in trouble. He has to find a balance between shape and creativity, rigidity and flair.

I don't know if he's capable, but I hope I am wrong.

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@chris
Exactly, I’ve said this before 100 times. On paper we have the talent but will santos utilize it correctly. If we don’t get out of the group I think santos will be replaced and let’s be honest, France, Germany and possibly Iceland is a...

@chris
Exactly, I’ve said this before 100 times. On paper we have the talent but will santos utilize it correctly. If we don’t get out of the group I think santos will be replaced and let’s be honest, France, Germany and possibly Iceland is a nightmare to start with. If he gets replaced, I really hope and pray that whoever takes charge wants to play that high press style that is clearly working in club football today. We have the talent and the athletes for that style no doubt.

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