The defending champions were leading 3-1 at the end of regulation time on Sunday in Valencia. Finally they conceded the tie (3-3).
What FC Barcelona the day before in Vigo (3-3), Atlético de Madrid, who led 3-1, was caught by Valencia (3-3) on Sunday at Mestalla for the thirteenth day of La Liga, and temporarily stalled in fourth place, four points behind the leader, Real Madrid (27 points). The crazy scenario was repeated! After the crazy turn that Barça experienced the day before in Vigo, the colchoneros experienced a similar failure on Sunday in Valencia. four days after being swept 2-0 at Anfield by Liverpool in the Champions League.
The Madrilenians opened the scoring thanks to Luis Suárez (35th) but the Valencians tied with a goal against their winger Stefan Savic (51st). Antoine Griezmann, author of a superb shot from afar (58o), and Sime Vrsaljko (61o) believed they would offer the mattress victory, but Hugo Duro, entered late in the game, signed a double in injury time, converting two centers millimeter. (90o + 2 and 90o + 6) to snatch the tie.
Two points of “lost“For the current champions of Spain, who have long hoped to return to second place with Real Sociedad, who travel to Osasuna in the afternoon (6.30 pm). “The two points we lose are hard to accept … But I can’t stay for the last five minutes. I remember the great game they played after putting in a great effort in England. In football, mistakes always pay off. Often times the coach makes the right decisions, but sometimes they turn out to be wrong. And today the coach was wrong», Diego Simeone confessed at a post-match press conference.
It is the first time in its history that Atlético de Simeone has not won a match in which they have scored at least two goals in advance. Although this scenario, unworthy of Atlético a few years ago who knew how to close matches better than anyone else, angered Diego Simeone, the Argentine coach could nevertheless be satisfied to have found an Antoine Griezmann at the top of his art before seeing his low team.
Griezmann, back to the beginning
Shortly before game time, “Grizou” pinched the ball at Hugo Guillamon’s feet, then climbed fifty meters alone before unleashing a clear shot from the left from outside the area, landing in Jasper Cillessen’s skylight.
This is the fifth goal in the last 7 games played by the French international striker, who has returned to his best level since the end of September, just over two months after leaving Barcelona to return to his old club. And in the process, Griezmann distilled a skillful bell for Luis Suárez in the area … which ended up becoming a goal for Sime Vrsaljko after a fight with Valencian goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (61st).
The offensive elements of “RojiblancosOnce again they worked very well together. The Argentine Rodrigo de Paul once again shone in the midfield, metronome of the Madrid attacks. In particular, he distilled the decisive first pass for the “GunmanUruguayan Suárez, who erased Mouctar Diakhaby in his catch of the ball before concluding with a left inside foot against the post.
On the Valencian side, this tie gave hope to José Bordalas’s men, caught in an endless crisis but who seem to be starting to stick their heads above the water (10th, 17 points). Atlético, progressing in the game but mentally fragile, could instead leave the qualifying places for the Champions League in the case of Betis’ triumph in the Andalusian derby against Sevilla FC in the afternoon (9:00 pm).
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