21st January 2022
Sport

Spanish football round-up (8 Nov): Valencia and Atlético in six goal thriller

Despite being a treat for the neutrals, Sunday’s most thrilling match was a bitter pill to swallow for champions Atlético de Madrid.

Diego Simeone’s side went in at the break with a one goal lead via the usual suspect Luis Suarez, but five minutes into the second half, a Stefan Savic own goal put Valencia level. Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrsaljko would have thought their goals were enough to bring the three points home, but Valencia fought on until the end. Although they were 3-1 down in the 90th minute, two stoppage time goals from Hugo Duro left the viewers in shock and made sure both teams would have to share the spoils.

Bizarrely, Celta Vigo and Barcelona drew on Saturday by the same unlikely scoreline. The Catalan side will be kicking themselves for having thrown away a three goal lead. First half goals from Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay should have been more than enough to give Barça all three points, but the second half was a completely different story, and resembled Liverpool’s historical comeback in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final. Iago Aspas and Nolito gave the Galicians a lifeline that they would capitalise on in stoppage time as Aspas grabbed his second, earning his side a point and topping off a sensational fightback.

Also over the weekend, Real Betis lost 2-0 at home to Sevilla in the local derby whilst Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1. In Pamplona, Real Sociedad beat their Basque neighbours Osasuna 2-0 to remain top of La Liga, although Real Madrid have a game in hand and sit just one point behind.

Real Madrid won by another tight scoreline in the Champions League on Wednesday night, defeating Shakthar Donetsk 2-1, whilst Atlético were comfortably defeated 2-0 by Liverpool.

Barcelona grabbed an away win against Dynamo Kiev, with just a single goal separating the sides, whilst Villarreal won 2-0 at home against Young Boys, and Sevilla lost to French visitors Lille 2-1.

La Liga table
La Liga table (8 Nov).

Results

La Liga

Sunday 7 November

Villarreal 1  Getafe 0

Valencia 3  Atlético Madrid 3

Mallorca 2  Elche 2

Osasuna 0  Real Sociedad 2

Real Betis 0  Sevilla 2

Saturday 6 November

Espanyol 2  Granada 0

Celta Vigo 3  Barcelona 3

Alavés 2  Levante 1

Real Madrid 2  Rayo Vallecano 1

Friday 5 November

Athletic Bilbao 0  Cádiz 1

Monday 1 November

Rayo Vallecano 0  Celta Vigo 0

Levante 0  Granada 3

UEFA Champions League

Wednesday 3 November

Liverpool 2  Atlético Madrid 0

Real Madrid 2  Shakhtar Donetsk 1

Tuesday 2 November

Dynamo Kiev 0  Barcelona 1

Villarreal 2  Young Boys 0

Sevilla 1  Lille 2

Europa League

Thursday 4 November

Real Sociedad 1  SK Sturm Graz 1

Bayer Leverkusen 4  Real Betis 0

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