World News – CA – The own goal gives Atletico their sixth straight win in La Liga

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Sunday 29. November 2020

Football Soccer – La Liga Santander – Valencia – Atletico Madrid – Mestalla, Valencia, Spain – 28. November 2020 Atletico Madrid’s Vitolo and Marcos Llorente celebrate their first goal as Jaume Domenech and his Valencia teammates look dejected. REUTERS / Albert Gea

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid were rewarded for their determination as they scored a 1-0 win in Valencia thanks to a late own goal to tie on points with La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Saturday his.

The guests had worked out chance after chance with no reward until Yannick Carrasco shot into the box and his cross ricocheted off the battering leg of Valencia defender Toni Lato and in the 79. Minute dripped into the net.

The own goal was a fluke but certainly deserved after Diego Simeone’s side dominated possession, firing 14 shots on goal that were denied by Valencia’s formidable goalkeeper Jaume Domenech and a shot on goal by defender Daniel Wass.

Second-placed Atletico won La Liga for the sixth time in a row, scoring 23 points after nine games. They are equal to the leaders of Sociedad, who played 10 and played at home in Villarreal on Sunday.

« Your best player was your goalkeeper, who says a lot about what’s going on in the game, » said Atletico coach Simeone, who was visibly emotional in the minute’s silence before the game in honor of his old friend Diego Maradona.

« We felt really good today, we played in the half for a long time and got very close to the goal before we did it. « . Winning in Valencia is not that easy. « 

Atletico had a significant first division win against Barcelona last week but paid for their efforts when they lost 0-0 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday despite dominating the game.

Their trip to Mestalla, where they hadn’t won since 2016, followed a similar script in the first half when Jaume made two early parades to refuse Lemar and also thwart Angel Correa.

Jose Gimenez missed the goal with a free header and Marcos Llorente shot just wide of the post just before half-time.

Valencia, who beat Real Madrid 4-1 in their last home game, were barely able to deal with their opponents and had only a handful of attempts in the game.

Serbian midfielder Uros Racic came closest to the goal but saw his shot deflected by Atleti keeper Jan Oblak, who also had to react quickly to catch a header from his own teammate Lemar for an own goal prevent.

Atletico, still missing Luis Suarez for COVID-19 and Diego Costa due to a muscle injury, turned to € 126m striker Joao Felix after the break, but Valencia continued to show their resilience until Lato Carrasco’s cross sent to his own network.

Next up for Atletico is the decisive home game of Champions League Group A on Tuesday against owners Bayern Munich, which they have to win to stay in the race for a place in the last 16.

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