Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid1Valencia1

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Valencia

Shkodran Mustafi scores against Atletico Madrid
Shkodran Mustafi scored his first goal since November

Atletico Madrid's chances of retaining their La Liga title suffered a blow as they were held at home by Valencia to slip seven points behind new leaders Barcelona.

Koke fired Atletico into a first-half lead as Diego Simeone's side chased a sixth straight home league win.

Valencia equalised through Shkodran Mustafi's 78th-minute header before defender Javi Fuego was sent off.

The visitors held on to stay just one point behind Atletico in fourth place.

Barcelona's 6-1 win over Rayo Vallecano earlier in the day had put the pressure on Atletico not to slip up with the two sides due to meet on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Despite missing the suspended Antoine Griezmann, who has scored 17 times this season, Simeone started with 20-goal top scorer Mario Mandzukic on the bench.

That meant a chance for former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, despite his failure to score in La Liga since returning to the Vicente Calderon on loan from AC Milan in January.

Torres, 30, gave no shortage of effort without seriously threatening to break his duck before being replaced by Mandzukic after an hour.

However, he did play a part in Koke's goal, heading down a free-kick for Tiago Mendes to lay the ball off for the Spain international to thump a right-footed shot into the bottom corner from 16 yards.

Valencia showed little of the form that had seen them climb the table to challenge Atletico's hold on a top-three place and automatic Champions League qualification.

Atletico should have doubled their lead 20 minutes from time when Tiago volleyed against the bar from close range after Diego Godin had headed a corner back across the face of goal.

But that miss proved costly when Mustafi headed in after a long-range free-kick had come back off the crossbar.

Fuego then picked up a second caution in the 89th minute but Valencia extended their unbeaten run to five games to stay in the hunt for automatic Champions League qualification.

Real Sociedad beat Espanyol 1-0 as David Moyes' side made it three wins from their last four home games.

Sergio Canales got the only goal as Sociedad climbed to 11th, one place and two points behind Espanyol.

Villarreal stayed on course for a place in next season's Europa League as they beat mid-table Celta Vigo 4-1 to move to within a point of fifth-placed Sevilla.

Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring as Villarreal bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey to hand Celta their first defeat in six games.

Mateo Musacchio, top scorer Luciano Vietto and Gerard Moreno were also on target.

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres was booked following a clash with Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi
Koke scores for Atletico Madrid
Koke scored his first La Liga goal since September
Valencia's Alvaro Negredo challenges Juanfran of Atletico Madrid
On-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo couldn't add to his four goals for Valencia this season

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Juanfran
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2GodínBooked at 88mins
  • 3SiqueiraBooked at 57mins
  • 10Turan
  • 14GabiSubstituted forJiménezat 81'minutes
  • 5Tiago
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSuárezat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Raúl García
  • 19TorresBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMandzukicat 61'minutesBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 18Gámez
  • 22Gracia Calmache
  • 28Hernández

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 19BarragánBooked at 88mins
  • 5MustafiBooked at 31mins
  • 23OtamendiBooked at 56mins
  • 31Gayá Peña
  • 10Parejo
  • 18Fuego MartínezBooked at 90mins
  • 15PérezBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 68'minutes
  • 8FeghouliSubstituted forRodrigoat 58'minutes
  • 7NegredoBooked at 50mins
  • 11PiattiBooked at 34minsSubstituted forOrbanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 4Augusto
  • 6Orban
  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 17Rodrigo
  • 20de Paul
  • 21André Gomes
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
49,500

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home22
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Valencia CF 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Valencia CF 1.

José Gayá (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Booking

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Álvaro Negredo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Mario Mandzukic is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Lucas Orban replaces Pablo Piatti.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) for a bad foul.

Foul by Javi Fuego (Valencia CF).

Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javi Fuego (Valencia CF).

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

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

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by José Gayá with a cross.

Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl Jiménez replaces Gabi.

José Gayá (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, Valencia CF 1. Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF) header from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

José Gayá (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Javi Fuego (Valencia CF).

Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Giménez.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Moyá tries a through ball, but Mario Mandzukic is caught offside.

Foul by André Gomes (Valencia CF).

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

Booking

Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid).

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) hits the bar with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Diego Godín with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Mario Suárez replaces Koke because of an injury.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 8th March 2015

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona26202476166062
2Real Madrid26201575245161
3Atl Madrid26174551232855
4Valencia26166446222454
5Sevilla26154746331349
6Villarreal26146643241948
7Malaga2612592930-141
8Ath Bilbao2696112331-833
9Celta Vigo2688102729-232
10Espanyol2695123237-532
11Real Sociedad2679102936-730
12Rayo Vallecano2692152949-2029
13Eibar2676132636-1027
14Elche2676132345-2227
15Getafe2575132235-1326
16Dep La Coruña2667132342-1925
17Levante2667132349-2625
18Almería2666142240-1824
19Granada26410121740-2322
20Córdoba2539131839-2118
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