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La Liga: Eder Militao saves Real Madrid blushes

Atletico Madrid snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to win 3-2 at home against Valencia
Eder Gabriel Militao scores Real Madrid’s second goal during the La Liga match against Elche at the Bernabeu  on Sunday.
Eder Gabriel Militao scores Real Madrid’s second goal during the La Liga match against Elche at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
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Reuters   |   Madrid   |   Published 24.01.22, 02:59 AM

La Liga leaders Real Madrid fought back from two goals down at home to rescue a 2-2 draw against lowly Elche on Sunday, thanks to a last-gasp Eder Militao goal in stoppage time. Real Madrid wasted a golden opportunity to widen the gap at the top of the table after second-placed Sevilla stumbled at home with a draw against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Real have 50 points from 22 games, four ahead of Sevilla.

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Elche opened a two-goal lead with Lucas Boye netting in the first half and Pere Milla scoring after the break. Luka Modric reduced the deficit with a penalty after 82 minutes and Vinicius Junior found Militao inside the six-yard box in the 92nd minute and he headed the equaliser.

‘Day to remember’

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win 3-2 at home against Valencia, scoring two of their goals in stoppage time. Atletico are fourth in the standings with 36 points, 13 behind leaders and city rivals Real Madrid. Valencia took advantage of slack defending by Atletico to score twice in the first half, the first goal struck by American winger Yunus Musah in the 25th minute and the second on the stroke of half-time by striker Hugo Duro, on-loan from Getafe.

 However, Diego Simeone’s team returned from the break much more determined and halved the deficit shortly after the hour mark when substitute Matheus Cunha scored from a rebound following a corner kick.

 Argentine forward Angel Correa equalised in the first minute of stoppage time before Mario Hermoso tapped in a low cross from Cunha two minutes later to send the home fans wild and seal an exhilarating win. “Sometimes soccer is about the will to overcome adversities. This will be a day to remember,” Simeone told reporters.

Under fire manager Simeone, who is under intense pressure to turn around his club’s fortunes following a series of bad results, entered the arena hearing his name chanted by fans who had showed up on a freezing night at Metropolitano Stadium.

Saturday’s last-gasp win will go some way in silencing the critics and fans will be hoping that it is a sign of better things to come.

The team usually known for their rock-solid defence have leaked in 26 goals in 21 games, which is already more than the 25 they conceded in 38 games during their triumphant run to the LaLiga title last season.



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