Atletico Madrid’s disappointing season continued as they shared the spoils with Valencia in an exhilarating 2-2 attract La Liga at Mestalla on February 14.
Marcos Llorente put Atletico forward after 15 minutes when he stabbed residence from shut vary, with Gabriel Paulista equalising 5 minutes earlier than the break.
Atletico went again in entrance three minutes later when Thomas Partey smashed residence a low drive from distance however Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia bundled the ball previous goalkeeper Jan Oblak within the 59th minute to degree the scores once more.
Kevin Gameiro ought to have put Valencia forward however lashed a golden likelihood over the bar after the electrical Ferran Torres’s good run and cross.
Sixth-placed Valencia completed by far the stronger, with the draw placing them on 38 factors. Atletico, in fourth, have 40 however are 12 adrift of leaders Actual Madrid having performed a sport extra.
The hosts have been thrashed 3-Zero at Getafe final weekend however bounced again strongly with an lively show in opposition to Diego Simeone’s facet to fulfill their demanding followers.
“I don’t know if the draw is fair, we had a great game against a tough opponent but we had the chances to win,” stated Valencia coach Albert Celades.
“We had a great second half and made the chances to win but it was a draw. Everyone wants to move forward, everyone wants to win, we put in good performances at home.”
Atletico, who host Liverpool within the Champions League final 16 on Tuesday, have been capable of deliver on striker Alvaro Morata within the second half for his comeback from a muscle damage.
The Spaniard virtually snatched a purpose for the guests however Jaume Domenech made a very good save to maintain out his header.
“We understand in the world of football when you’re on a bad run, doubts appear, questions appear, when you win three or four in a row it all disappears,” stated Llorente.
Simeone, who insists it is a transition season for his staff, was happy with the draw.
“Valencia are very strong at home, haven’t lost all season and tonight came back twice. I leave with very good feelings, we made a great effort,” stated the coach.