Spanish La Liga
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid2Celta VigoCelta Vigo2
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
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 6Koke
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 10Turan
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 68'minutes
  • 11JiménezSubstituted forCerciat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Siqueira
  • 4Suárez
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Saúl
  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Gómez (Celta de Vigo).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Radoja (Celta de Vigo).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Gabi.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).