Hélder Costa: ‘Valencia gave me the opportunity to enjoy football again’
Hélder Costa talks about his adaptation at Valencia CF.
One day after Barcelona conceded a last gasp goal to be held to a 3-3 draw on the road at Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid suffered a similarly frustrating draw as they blew a 3-1 lead in stoppage time of their LaLiga Santander match away at Valencia.
The Rojiblancos were leading 3-1 at the start of stoppage time, but 92nd and 96th minute goals from Hugo Duro saw Los Che pull it back to 3-3 to ensure the spoils were shared.
After a very slow start to the game, Luis Suarez found some space and finished off the post in the 35th minute to give Atleti a half time lead.
The second half started with some misfortune for the visitors as Stefan Savic turned the ball into his own net in the 50th minute, but Antoine Griezmann hit a laser from long range in the 58th minute to restore the Colchoneros’ advantage, before substitute Sime Vrsaljko – on for the injured Kieran Trippier – turned in a messy move inside the area, which was checked by VAR for a possible handball.
With that goal given, Atletico Madrid held a comfortable 3-1 lead, but they completely collapsed during the seven minutes of stoppage time.
First, Jose Gaya played a perfect cross for Duro to turn in, before Duro was also the one on the end of a Goncalo Guedes freekick into the penalty area in the final moments.
Diego Simeone couldn’t believe it and simply leaned in resignation on the roof of the Mestalla dugout. He and his coaching staff have work to do during this international break.
Suarez (35′), Savic (50′) [OG], Griezmann (58′), Vrsaljko (60′), Duro (90’+2′, 90’+6′)