Own-goal howler rescues point for Atletico, Depay stars for Barcelona
Madrid: Champions Atletico Madrid missed the chance to go clear at the top in Spain on Sunday but came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Villarreal thanks to a howler of a late own goal. Deep into time added on a horrific back-pass from Villarreal’s Aissa Mandi left his ‘keeper stranded and rolled agonisingly into the goal to give Atletico a point. Earlier, Barcelona also dug deep for a narrow 2-1 win over Getafe with Dutch striker Memphis Depay providing the winner. Luis Suarez was on target for the first equaliser for Atletico. Manu Triguera and then Arnaut Danjuma put the visitors ahead twice before the late blunder left Atletico on seven points from three games. Real Madrid top the early Liga standings but Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Mallorca and now Atletico also have seven. Triguera opened for the visitors shooting into the top corner on 52 minutes, but predator Suarez pounced inside the box to bring it level four minutes later. Dutch new signing Danjuma then ran into space to score his first goal for Villarreal and make it 2-1 on 74 minutes. Atletico piled on the pressure until the own goal allowed the champions a point for their endeavours. Getting used to life without superstar Lionel Messi, Barcelona got off to a quick start as Roberto prodded home a Jordi Alba cross in just the second minute at Camp Nou. – AFP