Atlético Madrid caught at its own game! Diego Simeone’s men, who pulled out their attackers after the opener, were caught 1-1 by penultimate Getafe on Saturday in La Liga Matchday 20, and stall in 4th place, four lengths away. from the podium.
Angel Correa opened the scoring after a shot from Thomas Lemar (60′). A goal first canceled for an offside then finally granted following the viewing of the VAR. Released in the meantime, the Argentine striker celebrated his goal from the substitutes’ bench…
Enes Unal equalized for Getafe in the 83rd minute from a penalty whistled for a handball by Saul Niguez, as Simeone had taken out Correa, Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata in the space of a quarter of an hour.
A relief for the club from the Madrid suburbs, which brings back from the Metropolitano a crucial point in the fight to maintain, after four defeats in a row: Getafe is still in second to last place, but is only a victory away from 12th place, temporarily occupied by Girona (21 points).
For Atlético on the other hand, this draw is a new setback. Diego Simeone, questioned at a press conference on Friday about his future at the head of the Rojiblancos, will have to find the resources to motivate his players for the second half of the season, three weeks before an electric derby against Real Madrid.
– Elche finally wins! –
Earlier today, Espanyol Barcelona and Osasuna parted ways back to back 1-1. A match marked by the double expulsion of the former Blaugrana Ez Abde and the former Monegasque Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel (who was playing his first match in La Liga), for a duel too committed before the break.
The Navarrese had then just opened the scoring through Ante Budimir (45th), but Espanyol replied in the second period (59th) through Martin Braithwaite, who made up for the absence of the team’s top scorer, Joselu.
The other match of the afternoon led to a little surprise in Spain: Elche, the red lantern, finally won their first victory of the season against Villarreal (3-1), thanks to a hat-trick signed Pere Milla ( 3rd, 45th+3 on penalty, 52nd on penalty).
A success for honor, which allows the Franjiverdes, after five coaches on the bench this season, to reach nine points in the standings.
Conversely, Quique Setién’s Villarreal showed one of their worst faces of the season. The Yellow Submarine chained a second setback there, and is in 5th place in the standings, four points behind Atlético.
– Crazy match in Seville –
The last match of the day was the craziest: in an electric atmosphere at Benito-Villamarin, Celta Vigo snatched a 4-3 victory against Betis Sevilla, after a mano a mano punctuated by two red cards in the final.
Jorgen Larsen opened the scoring for Celta (6th), then Betis replied with two goals from Juanmi (9th) and Sergio Canales (23rd), and Gabriel Veiga (42nd) sent the teams back to the locker room back to back.
In the second period, Veiga struck again (56th), and Joseph Aidoo (69th) gave the Galicians a two-goal lead, which could not be filled by the only penalty converted by Nabil Fekir (84th).
A second loss in a row in La Liga which blocks Betis in 6th place, very close to being ejected from the qualifying places for European competitions. Celta are in 11th place.