Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez on song against Getafe
Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez struck two late goals to give the La Liga champions a 2-1 win at Getafe on Tuesday after the hosts were reduced to 10 men late in the second half.
The victory took Atletico to the top of the standings on 14 points from six games, a point ahead of Real Madrid who have a game in hand.
The home side went in front on the stroke of half-time with a header from Stefan Mitrovic. It was the first time Getafe had scored against Atletico in 1,583 minutes of La Liga football, ending Diego Simeone’s remarkable run of never conceding against his side’s neighbours in the league since taking charge of the club in December 2011.
Getafe played the final phase of the match with 10 men after Carles Alena was shown a straight red card in the 74th minute for raking his studs down the back of the leg of Atletico substitute Matheus Cunha.
The sending off galvanised the visitors and it took a superb double save from David Soria to prevent Angel Correa and then Suarez from equalising.
But the 10 men could only hold on for so long and Atletico levelled when Suarez controlled a cross from substitute Mario Hermoso with his right foot before blasting the ball into the net with his left in the 78th minute.
The Uruguayan then snatched the winner in added time.