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regular-article-logo Wednesday, 26 June 2024

League round-up: Simeone pat for Antoine Griezmann

Atletico move third in the table with 35 points, level with fourth-placed Barcelona, who host Almeria on Wednesday. Girona are top with 44 points

Reuters Madrid Published 21.12.23, 08:45 AM
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Getafe fought back to grab a 3-3 draw at 10-man Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as Borja Mayoral scored his second with a stoppage-time penalty to level a pulsating La Liga encounter in which Antoine Griezmann equalled the hosts’ all-time scoring record.

France international Griezmann also bagged a brace to draw level with Luis Aragones as the club’s record marksman with 173 goals, but it wasn’t enough to take all three points as Getafe clawed their way back from 3-1 down.

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It was the first time Diego Simeone’s side, who had Stefan Savic sent off in the 38th-minute, dropped points at home this season. They next host Sevilla on Saturday.

“After playing every three days and being down to 10 men with so much time to play, the boys made a huge effort. It was a tough game, we knew that,” Atletico manager Simeone told DAZN.

“I am absolutely delighted for Griezmann, a player who is part of the club’s history. He has always given everything and is very important for us.”

Atletico moved third in the table with 35 points, level with fourth-placed Barcelona, who host Almeria on Wednesday. Girona are top with 44 points.

“It’s a shame, we had made a great effort with 10 men. It’s a shame that Savic fouled twice and got two yellow cards. We wanted the three points,” said Griezmann.

“We are always fighting for the league, there is peace of mind.”

Dortmund falter again

Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Mainz 05 in their final Bundesliga game of the year on Tuesday to make it four league matches without a win, piling more pressure on embattled coach Edin Terzic.

Dortmund dominated in a strong start, hitting the woodwork through Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and missing a string of golden chances with Mainz defending desperately.

They took the lead with a curled Julian Brandt free kick in the 29th minute.

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