MADRID (AP) — A pair of added-time goals allowed Atletico Madrid to wake up in the game and lick the wounds left by recent stumbles as they came from behind to beat Valencia 3-2 in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday.
The colchoneros scored their first goal via Matheus Cunha at 64 —seven minutes after entering— by finishing off a corner kick center in the small area.
In the first minute of stoppage time, Ángel Correa —who entered at the beginning of the complement— matched 2-2 when he hit a rebound in the center of the area by goalkeeper Jaume Doménech. Two minutes later, Mario Hermoso sealed the comeback with a shot to the far post off Cunha’s cross.
“The whole game was crazy, but we are very happy because we were able to come back against a very difficult rival,” said Argentine Correa, who scored three days scoring to have eight goals. “We had to have a little patience and in the second half, with the push of the people, we were able to do well and get the three points”.
The orange team failed to maintain the lead of two goals with which they went into the break after the annotations of the American Yunus Musah at 25 and Hugo Duro at 44.
At the end of the game, the Argentine strategist Diego Simeone ran to the field to hug the Uruguayan Luis Suárez and other players after this victory, which came after the elimination in the last two games of the cub, within the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey .
With the dramatic victory, Atleti maintains the 4th position by reaching 36 points, 13 less in relation to the leader Real Madrid, who faces Elche on Sunday.
This joy comes in the most bitter season in a decade for Simeone with the mattresses. In 21 games they have already conceded 26 goals, one more compared to last year, in which they were the best defensive player and shone with their 11th league title in history.
The victory extended his streak without defeat to 15 games (nine wins and six draws) in La Liga against Valencia, who achieved their last win against the mattresses in October 2014 at Mestalla (3-1). Simeone also maintained his unbeaten record in La Liga against the orange team (seven wins and four draws) in home games.
SEVILLE SAVES EQUALITY
Argentine Alejandro Darío Gómez and Óliver Torres scored goals in a span of three minutes to save Sevilla from a setback by drawing 2-2 with Celta de Vigo.
The Galician team had amassed a comfortable lead with goals also within three minutes from Franco Cervi and Iago Aspas at 37 and 40 minutes, respectively.
When the duel seemed to be on the way to Andalusian defeat, “Papu” Gómez cut back with a superb cross shot from outside the area that went to the angle in the 71st minute. Torres equalized with a shot inside the area in the 74th minute.
“The feeling is that if we played five more minutes, maybe we could have won it,” said “Papu” Gómez. “At this level when you make mistakes you pay dearly.”
The Andalusian team missed the opportunity to go to sleep one point behind the leader Real Madrid by staying with 46 units, three behind the meringues.
The Galician team stayed in 11th position with 27 points.
VILLARREAL TAKES BACK THE TRIUMPHAL STEP
With a pair of goals before the break, Villarreal headed for a resounding 3-0 victory against Mallorca to move up to the European competition zone.
An own goal by Franco Russo (minute 12) and goals by Manu Trigueros (34) and Dani Parejo (penalty at 87) were the difference in favor of the “Yellow Submarine”, which rose to 6th position with 32 units. Mallorca was 17th with 20 points.
CADIZ WINS WITH SERGIO GONZÁLEZ
Álvaro Negredo (minute 34) and Salvador Sánchez (73) converted the goals with which Cádiz beat bottom team Levante in what was the first victory under coach Sergio González.
Cádiz ended an eight-game winless streak — five losses and three draws — to reach 18 points and remain in the relegation zone by placing third from last.
The Granota team further complicated their condition by suffering their 12th loss to finish last with 11 units.
Sergio González officiated his second duel in the league and third in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, which they won on penalties (4-2) against Spoting de Gijón.