Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was thrilled after scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Sunday.
Jackson Martinez opened the scoring in the 32nd minute at Estadio Vicente Calderon before Carrasco made it 2-0 with a stunning solo effort five minutes before the half-time break.
Valencia striker Paco Alcacer pulled one back with a late penalty, but Atletico held on for the win, Carrasco’s goal proving the difference.
And the 22-year-old Belgian admitted it was a tense conclusion to the game as Valencia pushed for an equaliser.
“The last 30 minutes were very difficult for us,” he told Canal+.
“Valencia were playing with confidence, they needed to score, but we … did well.”
Carrasco’s goal was his second of the Liga season following an off-season transfer from AS Monaco.
“At first it was hard for me,” Carrasco said of his adjustment to life in Spain’s top flight. “I continue working and I hope to play the whole [season].”
“Simeone has given me … confidence and told me I had to [shoot] to score goals like I did today.”
“[Supporters] sing my name and I’m happy. [It] was a nice goal.”