On an oscillating start in the season, Atletico Madrid hosted Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano and only drew 1-1 this Saturday on La Liga’s Matchday 9. Diego Costa scored from the Penalty spot for the hosts, but a late goal from Dani Parejo left everything equal afterward.
The third consecutive draw caused Atletico Madrid to fall down to the fourth place in the table, and Diego Simeone’s side has now 16 points. Valencia is in sixth place with 13 points.
The Madrid team had a good start to the game, so much that they literally smashed the opponent in the first movements. Before the 20 minutes, Saul and Diego Costa both came close to scoring in two finishes that went close to the post.
The opener came thanks to a penalty from Denis Cheryshev, who deflected off a ball using his arm inside the box. Diego Costa was the taker and converted from the spot. 1-0 Atleti.
It looked like the hosts would wrap it up, but consecutive wasted chances denied them. Valencia grew into the match late on, and on 82 mins leveled everything up through a great free-kick by Dani Parejo. 1-1.
After conceding the equalizer, Atleti went for the all-or-nothing in the last few minutes, but only managed to force a red card for South Korean midfielder Kangin Lee. To make matters worse, the team of coach Diego Simeone also had ten players after the Portuguese Joao Felix had to leave the pitch for injury as Simeone had already made his three subs.
In the end, another frustrating result for a team who spent a lot this season. Surely it takes time for a team to start to produce and generate good results, but it’s still frustrating until it doesn’t happen.
Atletico Madrid’s next match will be for the European Cup on Tuesday at home against Bayer Leverkusen. The next day, it will be Valencia’s turn to visit Lille, also in the Champions League.