Spanish Laliga

Atletico Madrid salvages a point thanks to an own-goal blunder, while Barca Champions Depay shines.

 On Sunday, Atletico Madrid squandered a chance to go clear atop the Spanish league, but came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Villarreal courtesy to a blunder of a late own goal.

On Sunday, Atletico Madrid squandered a chance to go clear atop the Spanish league, but came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Villarreal courtesy to a blunder of a late own goal.

A horrible back-pass from Villarreal’s Aissa Mandi left his ‘keeper stranded in the fifth minute of injury time, and the ball trickled agonizingly into the net to give Atletico a point.

Barcelona had earlier fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Getafe, with Dutch attacker Memphis Depay scoring the game’s only goal.

Atletico Madrid’s first equalizer came from Luis Suarez.

Manu Triguera and then Arnaut Danjuma scored twice for the visitors until a late blunder left Atletico with seven points from three games.

Atletico coach Diego Simeoene commented, “That’s the thrill of not losing a match that was moving in that direction.”

“It was an injustice,” he remarked of the late leveller, “but this game can be like that.” “It was our best performance to yet.”

Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Mallorca, and now Atletico Madrid all have seven points in the early Liga rankings.

On 52 minutes, Triguera opened the scoring for the visitors, firing into the top corner, but four minutes later, Suarez pounced inside the box to equalize.

New signing from the Netherlands On 74 minutes, Danjuma scored his first goal for Villarreal, bringing the score to 2-1.

Atletico continued to apply pressure until an own goal gave the champions a point for their efforts.

Barcelona got off to an early start in the absence of superstar Lionel Messi, as Roberto pushed home a Jordi Alba cross in the second minute at Camp Nou.

Getafe, on the other hand, did not fold, and on 18 minutes, Sandro Ramirez scored a lovely snap shot following a quick one-two.

SUCCESSIVE MENTALITY

With Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets commanding midfield, Barca manager Ronald Koeman cut a worried figure on the sidelines, pointing and shouting orders.

The winner was then set up by De Jong’s deadly pass.

Depay scored a low shot from the left of the six-yard box to put Barca back in front on the half-hour mark, precisely timing his run.

Late in the game, Depay came the closest to adding to his tally with an acrobatic volley.

In three Liga games, the former Manchester United and Lyon striker has two goals and an assist.

“Psychologically, it’s a major step forward for us,” Koeman said. “We were under pressure but kept going even though we were hurting.” “We pushed the line forward even more.”

“So we’re pleased with the three points and pleased with our off-ball pushing.”

At Cadiz, Osasuna triumphed 3-2, while Rayo Vallecano thrashed Granada 4-0.

RIDE LUCK IN REAL LIFE

Real Madrid beat Real Betis 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Dani Carvajal’s second-half strike, as Carlo Ancelotti’s side rode their luck.

Madrid has had a strong start to the season, and the rumored arrival of Kylian Mbappe could provide another lift before the transfer market closes on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who took over after Zinedine Zidane stepped down, has seen some of his riskier selections pay off thus far, with Gareth Bale and Isco flourishing since returning to the fold.

Sevilla drew 1-1 against Elche thanks to Youssef En-header, Nesyri’s keeping Julen Lopetegui’s side unbeaten after three games.

After finishing fourth last season, Sevilla are expecting to mount another title challenge this season.

Ander Barrenetxea, 19, scored the only goal in Real Sociedad’s 1-0 win over Levante, while Athletic Bilbao beat Celta Vigo by the same score.

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