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Atlético fight back to earn thrilling point

Published: Sunday 26 October 2008, 17.02CET
UEFA Champions League hopefuls Villarreal CF and Club Atlético de Madrid shared eight goals at El Madrigal, the home side recovering from two goals down to take a 4-2 lead against ten men only for the visitors to hit back.
Atlético fight back to earn thrilling point
Atlético scored twice late on with ten men ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 26 October 2008, 17.02CET

Atlético fight back to earn thrilling point

UEFA Champions League hopefuls Villarreal CF and Club Atlético de Madrid shared eight goals at El Madrigal, the home side recovering from two goals down to take a 4-2 lead against ten men only for the visitors to hit back.

UEFA Champions League hopefuls Villarreal CF and Club Atlético de Madrid shared eight goals at El Madrigal where the home side recovered from two goals down to take a 4-2 lead against ten men, only for the visitors to restore parity late on.

Simão opener
Atlético had lost their previous three games, but flew out of the blocks atgainst a Villarreal team who had only conceded three goals all season before the capital club's visit. Simão gave Los Colchoneros a first-minute lead, smashing in from the edge of the area and Villarreal old boy Diego Forlán added a second midway through the first period.

Topsy-turvy encounter
However, Atlético's Éver Banega picked up a second yellow card before the break and the Yellow Submarine took advantage, scoring three goals in ten minutes after half-time through Marcos Senna, Joseba Llorente and Gonzalo Rodríguez. Giuseppe Rossi added a fourth in the 68th minute to seemingly wrap up the three points but Simão struck again with seven minutes left and then Raúl García headed in a free-kick to earn his side a point.

Valencia held
Valencia CF replaced FC Barcelona at the Liga summit but they needed a 62nd-minute David Villa goal to rescue a point at RC Recreativo de Huelva who had struck just after half-time, Javier Camuñas the scorer. Real Madrid CF are third after winning 3-2 at home against Athletic Club Bilbao, Gonzalo Higuaín getting two of the home side's goals. Sevilla FC slipped off the pace, however, Adrián's 16th-minute effort giving Málaga CF a 1-0 win at their Andalusian rivals, who lost for the first time this season.

Home wins
Málaga's fellow promoted side, Real Sporting de Gijón, also won away from home but in a far-more comprehensive fashion, defeating UEFA Cup hopefuls RC Deportivo La Coruña 3-0. David Barral and Carmelo struck within four minutes of each other midway through the first half and Diego Castro added a late third. Getafe CF beat Real Valladolid CF 1-0 and CD Numancia jumped off the bottom of the table thanks to their 2-1 win over Real Racing Club. RCD Mallorca also picked up a home success, overcoming RCD Espanyol 3-0.

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