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2021-22 LaLiga
  • Matheus Cunha (64')
  • Ángel Correa (90')
  • Mario Hermoso (90'+3')
  • Yunus Musah (25')
  • Hugo Duro (44')

Atletico strike late to seal dramatic 3-2 win against Valencia

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Atletico scores two injury-time goals to stun Valencia (1:51)

Atletico Madrid strikes twice in injury-time to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead over Valencia. (1:51)

LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win 3-2 at home against Valencia, scoring two of their goals in stoppage time.

Atletico are fourth in the standings with 36 points, 13 behind leaders and city rivals Real Madrid.

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Valencia took advantage of slack defending by Atletico to score twice in the first half, the first goal struck by American winger Yunus Musah in the 25th minute and the second on the stroke of halftime by striker Hugo Duro, on-loan from Getafe.

However, Diego Simeone's team returned from the break much more determined and halved the deficit shortly after the hour mark when substitute Matheus Cunha scored from a rebound following a corner kick.

Argentine forward Angel Correa equalised in the first minute of stoppage time before Mario Hermoso tapped in a low cross from Cunha two minutes later to send the home fans wild and seal an exhilarating win.

"Sometimes soccer is about the will to overcome adversities. This will be a day to remember," Simeone told reporters.

"We have to learn from our mistakes and that first half was one to learn from, but we came back as a team after the break and that was amazing to watch."

Under fire manager Simeone, who is under intense pressure to turn around his club's fortunes following a series of bad results, entered the arena hearing his name chanted by fans who had showed up on a freezing night at Metropolitano Stadium.

"We needed patience [in the first half] in the final third. In the second half, at 0-2 down, the fans pushed us forward. With some calm, we got three important points," Correa said. "The fans never stopped believing in us, we were 0-2 down against a good team. We did our bit too. We never gave in and went for the win."

Saturday's last-gasp win will go some way in silencing the critics and fans will be hoping that it is a sign of better things to come.

The team usually known for their rock-solid defence have leaked in 26 goals in 21 games, which is already more than the 25 they conceded in 38 games during their triumphant run to the LaLiga title last season.

In becoming an indisciplined, mistake-prone unit, they have conceded the most number of goals among the top eight in LaLiga and have also won only three of their last nine games in all competitions.

"We can learn from this. We saw two totally opposing facets. This run, the games with Rayo, Villarreal, today we won a really tough game, that can give us strength. We are what we saw in the second half," Simeone said.

Spanish LaLiga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 37 +49 85
2 Barcelona 37 +32 73
3 Atletico Madrid 37 +21 68
4 Sevilla 37 +22 67
5 Real Betis 37 +22 64
6 Real Sociedad 37 +4 62
7 Villarreal 37 +24 56
8 Athletic Club 37 +8 55
9 Osasuna 37 -12 47
10 Celta Vigo 37 +2 46
11 Valencia 37 -7 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 37 -9 42
13 Espanyol 37 -13 41
14 Getafe 37 -6 39
15 Elche 37 -14 39
16 Granada 37 -17 37
17 Mallorca 37 -29 36
18 Cádiz 37 -17 36
19 Levante 37 -27 32
20 Alavés 37 -33 31