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Atlético Madrid 2-2 Celta de Vigo

Raul Jimenez
Mexico forward Raul Jimenez is still searching for his first goal for Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid blew the chance to go top of La Liga after they drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderon.

Celta midfielder Pablo Hernandez audaciously put the visitors ahead with a spectacular backheeled volley.

Atletico defender Miranda equalised from close range and the hosts took the lead when centre-back Diego Godin headed home from a Gabi corner.

But Celta forward Nolito converted from the penalty spot after a clumsy foul by Miranda to secure a point for Celta.

Defending champions Atletico had beaten rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in La Liga last time out but lost 3-2 away to Olympiakos in the Champions League during the week.

Pablo Hernandez
Celta Vigo midfielder Pablo Hernandez, third right, celebrates his spectacular opening goal

The hosts started slowly and were punished in the 19th minute with a superb goal which owed much to a brilliant improvisation from Celta's Hernandez. who backheeled into the net after he got on the end of a high ball from Carles Planas.

Atletico equalised just after the half-hour mark in more conventional fashion when Koke's free-kick into the penalty area picked out the run of Miranda and the Brazilian defender guided the ball home from close range.

The home side, with coach Diego Simeone watching from the stands while he serves an eight-match touchline ban, took the lead from another set-piece four minutes before the break when Gabi's corner was met by the towering head of Uruguay centre-back Godin.

However, Celta were presented with an opportunity to level from the penalty spot just after the break when Planas cleverly turned Miranda, who clumsily barged him over.

Half-time substitute Nolito duly sent Atletico goalkeeper Moya the wrong way as he dispatched the spot-kick low into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Diego Godin
Defender Diego Godin punches the air after heading in Atletico Madrid's second goal
Nolito
Celta Vigo substitute Nolito equalises emphatically from the penalty spot to make it 2-2

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 2Godín
  • 23MirandaBooked at 52mins
  • 20Juanfran
  • 14Gabi
  • 6Koke
  • 5Tiago
  • 10Turan
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 68'minutes
  • 11JiménezSubstituted forCerciat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Siqueira
  • 4Suárez
  • 8Raúl García
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Ñíguez
  • 22Cerci
  • 24Giménez de Vargas

Celta Vigo

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 22CabralBooked at 35mins
  • 3Fontás
  • 2Mallo Novegil
  • 21Planas
  • 8LópezSubstituted forNolitoat 45'minutes
  • 23Krohn-DehliSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 89'minutes
  • 6Radoja
  • 11Larrivey
  • 5HernándezSubstituted forGómez Solaat 71'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 14OrellanaBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 9Dias de Oliveira
  • 10Nolito
  • 13Blanco
  • 17Madinda
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 20Gómez Sola
  • 28Fernández Fernández
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
47,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamCelta Vigo
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Celta de Vigo 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Celta de Vigo 2.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego Godín tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tiago.

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cristian Ansaldi with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Alessio Cerci (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Jonny replaces Michael Krohn-Dehli.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García tries a through ball, but Alessio Cerci is caught offside.

Booking

Sergi Gómez (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergi Gómez (Celta de Vigo).

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Alessio Cerci replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Foul by Nemanja Radoja (Celta de Vigo).

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Gabi.

Fabián Orellana (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Álvarez.

Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tiago.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Álvarez.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl García.

Attempt saved. Joaquín Larrivey (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Joaquín Larrivey (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Krohn-Dehli.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Sergi Gómez replaces Pablo Hernández.

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tiago.

Joaquín Larrivey (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Andreu Fontás.

Hand ball by Pablo Hernández (Celta de Vigo).

Foul by Michael Krohn-Dehli (Celta de Vigo).

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Foul by Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo).

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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