Atletico Madrid slipped up in La Liga for the primary time in 9 video games on Monday as Celta Vigo snatched a late equaliser to ship a ray of hope to Barcelona and Actual Madrid. Luis Suarez scored twice on the Wanda Metropolitano to overturn Santi Mina’s opener for Celta, with Atletico on track to revive their 10-point lead on the prime of the desk. However Facundo Ferreyra slid in to attain within the 89th minute to earn a deserved 2-2 draw for the guests, which means Atletico’s benefit on the finish of the weekend is diminished to eight, nonetheless with a recreation in hand.
“We performed fairly nicely however that they had a robust end and a draw was in all probability truthful,” stated Diego Simeone.
Atletico nonetheless have a substantial cushion however after Real Madrid and Barca beat Huesca and Actual Betis respectively, there’s no less than room for encouragement for the chasing pack. Actual Madrid can minimize the hole to 5 factors in the event that they win at dwelling to Getafe on Tuesday.
Suarez reveals no signal of letting up, the Uruguayan now with 11 targets in his final 9 video games and 16 for the season.
These 16 targets in 17 video games performed for Atletico make him the quickest participant to attain that many for a La Liga membership within the twenty first century, one recreation quicker than Cristiano Ronaldo after he joined Actual Madrid.
Atletico have been hit onerous by coronavirus in latest months, the membership confirming one other two optimistic instances on Monday afternoon.
Thomas Lemar and Hector Herrera be a part of Mario Hermoso, Joao Felix and Moussa Dembele on the checklist of these presently out after contracting the sickness.
“We’ve got to make the perfect of it,” stated Simeone. “We’ve got footballers who can reap the benefits of the alternatives and we hope that the boys get better.”
Celta, who keep tenth, had been the higher facet within the first half, dominating possession and taking a deserved lead after 13 minutes when Hugo Mallo curled in a cross from the fitting for Mina to move in.
Atletico not often troubled Celta however managed to go in degree, Suarez scoring with their first shot heading in the right direction. Marcos Llorente’s pushed cross evaded 4 units of Celta toes and located him on the again submit.
Lucas Torreira got here on at half-time for Felipe — Atletico reverting to a again 4 — and inside 5 minutes they had been forward.
Geoffrey Kondogbia floated a ball out to the left and Renan Lodi volleyed it throughout purpose, the place the sliding Suarez arrived on his knees to complete.
Celta virtually had a second when Iago Aspas bundled by means of however Kondogbia darted again to make an excellent sort out, simply because the striker was about to shoot.
Atletico had been moments away however caved with one minute left, a superb by means of ball by Aspas releasing Augusto Solari, whose cross discovered Ferreyra two metres out.
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