Champions Atletico Madrid missed the opportunity to stand out at the top in Spain on Sunday, but came back twice from behind to draw Villarreal 2-2 thanks to a screeching a goal against his late side.
In the fifth minute of added time, a horrific back pass from Villarreal’s Aissa Mandi left his keeper stranded and the ball rolled agonizingly into the goal to give Atletico a point.
Earlier, Barcelona also dug deep for a narrow 2-1 win over Getafe with Dutch striker Memphis Depay providing the winner.
Luis Suarez was on track for Atletico’s first equalizer.
Manu Triguera and then Arnaut Danjuma gave the visitors the lead twice before the late blunder left Atletico seven points in three games.
“It’s the joy not to lose a game that was going in this direction,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeoene.
“It was an injustice, but this game can be like that,” he said of the late leveler. “It was our best game so far. “
Real Madrid lead the La Liga table, but Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Mallorca and now Atletico also have seven.
Triguera opened for the visitors shooting into the top corner in the 52nd minute, but Suarez leapt inside the box to level it four minutes later.
New Dutch signing Danjuma then ran into space to score his first goal for Villarreal and make it 2-1 in the 74th minute.
Atletico kept the pressure on until the own goal gave the champions a point for their efforts.
Getting used to life without superstar Lionel Messi, Barcelona got off to a quick start as Roberto pushed a Jordi Alba cross in the second minute at Camp Nou.
But Getafe didn’t give in and Sandro Ramirez unleashed a superb shot after a quick one-two in the 18th minute.
– Winning mindset –
Dressed all in black, Barca boss Ronald Koeman made a nervous figure on the sidelines as he pointed and shouted instructions with Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets framing the midfielder.
De Jong then provided the killer pass to the winner.
Timing his run perfectly, Depay unleashed a low blow from the left of the six-yard penalty area to put Barca back in the lead by the half hour.
Depay came closest to scoring another with a late stunt volley.
The former Manchester United and Lyon striker now has two goals and one assist in three La Liga games.
“Psychologically it’s a big step forward for us, we were under pressure but we held on even though we were in pain,” Koeman said. “We held the line further forward. “
“So we are very satisfied with the three points and very satisfied with our pressure on the ball. “
Osasuna won 3-2 at Cadiz while Rayo Vallecano beat Granada 4-0.
– The real chance to ride-
Dani Carvajal’s second-half goal on Saturday saw Real Madrid win 1-0 against Real Betis as Carlo Ancelotti’s side tried their luck.
Madrid have had a good start to the season, while the reported potential signing of Kylian Mbappe could give them another boost before the transfer window ends on Tuesday.
Ancelotti, who returned to the club after Zinedine Zidane resigned, has seen some of his toughest decisions pay off so far, Gareth Bale and Isco impressive after being brought back into the fold.
Youssef En-Nesyri’s header secured Sevilla a 1-1 draw at Elche, leaving Julen Lopetegui’s side unbeaten after three games.
Sevilla will be hoping to issue another title challenge this quarter after losing at the end of last season to finish fourth.
Elsewhere, 19-year-old Ander Barrenetxea gave Real Sociedad a 1-0 victory over Levante, while Athletic Bilbao won by the same score at Celta Vigo.
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