Alvaro Morata’s first-half strike appeared poised to help Atletico strengthen their grip on third place and maintain close to leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona, nonetheless Rayo snatched a deserved draw.
Atletico deserved their first half lead nonetheless after the break the hosts had their backs to the wall on the Metropolitano and the stress lastly instructed when Jose Gimenez handled inside the subject.
The Rojiblancos broke the deadlock inside the twentieth minute when Antoine Griezmann gained the ball extreme up the pitch and crossed for his strike confederate to finish consummately.
The France forward, who scored Atletico’s winner in opposition to Athletic Bilbao on the weekend, was spectacular as soon as extra and seems to be returning to his best stage.Pathe Ciss headed big from six yards early inside the second half as Andoni Iraola’s team battled to go looking out the equaliser, with Atletico dropping deeper.
Rayo substitute Sergio Camello obtained right here shut with a shot which flashed merely earlier the submit.
The lively striker, on mortgage from Atletico, virtually prepare Falcao to achieve nonetheless Ivo Grbic saved and Gimenez managed to hack the ball away.
Griezmann despatched a wild strike big on the totally different end after which fired residence when Matheus Cunha slipped him through, nonetheless the target was disallowed for an excellent offside.
Cunha then had a shot saved from an excellent angle as Atletico rediscovered some attacking impetus, nonetheless when Gimenez handled in stoppage time they surrendered the three components.
Falcao, who carried out for Atletico between 2011-2013, slammed the penalty into the best nook, sending Grbic the fallacious methodology.
Elsewhere Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic, now sixth, had been unable to tug themselves once more into the best 4 as they drew 2-2 at Getafe.
Valencia captain Jose Gaya missed a late penalty amid a chaotic finale as Sevilla held the visitors to a 1-1 draw.
Erik Lamela’s 86th minute strike earned Jorge Sampaoli’s facet a creditable attract opposition to Gennaro Gattuso’s relentless Los Che, in a pulsating battle on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Sampaoli was not able to assemble on his first win since altering Julen Lopetegui on the helm, nonetheless is perhaps happy with some extent as Valencia blew the prospect to seize all three in stoppage time.
After netting a brace in opposition to Elche to open his Valencia account on the weekend, Edinson Cavani despatched the visitors ahead with a company header from Dimitri Foulquier’s deep cross inside the sixth minute.
Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili made two stunning saves in quick succession to deny Rafa Mir, first twisting to tip over a vicious strike, then clawing away a header.
Sevilla saved pushing inside the second half and Nemanja Gudelj headed in opposition to the crossbar whereas Papu Gomez despatched an formidable volley into the side-netting.
Both sides had been accountable of heavy challenges nevertheless it absolutely created a chaotic, aggressive contest, amid which Sevilla lastly found a leveller through Lamela. The former Tottenham midfielder accomplished on the once more submit after a nook was flicked on.
The drama wasn’t over — faraway from it. Sevilla’s Papu Gomez was despatched off late on for hacking down Justin Kluivert merely exterior the world as he ran through on goal, nonetheless the pink card was cancelled and confirmed to Kike Salas in its place.
The youthful defender had shoved over Thierry Correia inside the moments after Gomez’s foul when profit had been carried out, so the referee awarded a penalty.
However Sevilla had the final chortle when goalkeeper Bono tipped away Gaya’s spot kick, delighting Sevilla’s raucous help.
“I do not know what was occurring on the end,” admitted Sampaoli.
“We might have gained, and we just about misplaced, nonetheless I’ll keep in mind the conviction we carried out with, that was what Sevilla did best.”
The finish outcome leaves Sevilla provisionally eleventh and Valencia in eighth.
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