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Recap: Atlético collapse in humiliating fashion, draw 3-3 at Valencia

Atlético Madrid had been left ruing their wasted dominance as Valencia clinically tore the Colchoneros aside with a late double salvo, robbing the guests of two factors at the loss of life.

Sunday’s match bought off to a foul begin after solely six minutes as Kieran Trippier was compelled off with what regarded like a critical shoulder downside. It stays to be seen how lengthy Atlético will likely be with out the first-choice right-wing-back, along with his absence compounded by Marcos Llorente’s personal damage.

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However Atleti started to dominate, boasting all of the possession. Rodrigo De Paul dominated the midfield, dictating tempo and creating probabilities.

It was Luis Suárez who opened the impasse, one contact being all he wanted to float previous Mouctar Diakhaby and ship a shot of equal magnificence to the far put up, with the ball zipping into the alternative aspect netting.

After half-time, the house aspect emerged with extra confidence and dedication. Gonçalo Guedes hustled down the proper flank, slicing the ball again throughout the face of aim, the place it deflected off Stefan Savić’s thigh and previous Jan Oblak.

Atlético reacted strongly although, and sought to reinstate their dominance. Valencia continued to push, however had been run ragged on the counter. Antoine Griezmann, as if impressed by Suárez’s elegant first aim, glided from his personal half deep into the Valencia half and fired a rocket into the highest nook.

As if to stability the books after two targets of favor and guile, Atlético’s third got here with a goalmouth scramble extra akin to black-and-white English soccer clips. Šime Vrsaljko, who changed Trippier early on, bought the ultimate contact to bundle the ball over the road. A VAR evaluation ensued, however confirmed the aim’s legality, the Croatian’s first in LaLiga.

Atlético had been coasting. Then catastrophe struck. Twice in 4 minutes.

Swept away on the counter, Atleti’s midfield was simply bypassed, the ball touchdown at left-back José Luis Gayà’s ft. The Valencia captain crossed to Hugo Duro, who stretched out a leg faster than any Atleti defender to show the ball into the underside nook.

The primary of Duro’s brace left Atlético defenders so shell-shocked that they couldn’t defend a free-kick in the 96th minute. Duro ran to the close to put up and flicked the ball past Oblak, misplaced in the gang of blue and white in his goalmouth.

Atlético needed to endure the ache of a late leveller, simply as they’ve inflicted upon Villarreal, Espanyol and Getafe already up to now this season. However at Mestalla, their luck ran out. At Mestalla, it was Atleti whose slack defending was punished, and Atleti being despatched again to the Spanish capital, tail between legs.

VAL XI Cillessen; Foulquier, Diakhaby, Alderete (Vallejo 86’), Gayà; Guillamón; Soler (Koindredi 85’), Wass (Marcos André 65’), Račić (Musah 65’), Hélder Costa (Duro 85’); Guedes.

Targets Savić o.g. 50’, Duro 90’+1 90’+6

ATM XI Oblak; Savić, Giménez, Hermoso, Trippier (Vrsaljko 8’), Carrasco; Koke, De Paul (Félix 86’); Correa (Kondogbia 73’), Griezmann, Suárez (Herrera 86’).

Targets Suárez 35’ Griezmann 58’ Vrsaljko 62’

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