Bizarre Own-Goal Protects Atletico From Spanish League Knockout! Detailed Report


Villarreal’s players dropped to the ground in despair after the final whistle. They started cheering and celebrating only when the referee signaled for a penalty kick.

Sevilla came from behind to win 1-0 at Eibar’s home stadium on Friday night. Eibar seemed resigned to defeat as the clock ticked down, and coach Albert Celades didn’t shake hands with his players before sprinting off the field with arms raised in victory.

After taking an early lead, the visitors were two goals down to Eibar before scoring three times in the final 15 minutes.

The win moved Sevilla into second place in the league, six points behind leader Real Madrid. But it also allowed Atletico to move within a matter of Sevilla and sit fourth, one point ahead of Atletico after eight games.

Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice, and both goals came in the second half as he helped overcome a one-person deficit.

“This is a bad day for us, and we need to focus on the next game and recuperate,” Celades said. Real Sociedad beat promoted Huesca 3-2, and Athletic Bilbao was held 1-1 at home by Eibar.

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Manu Triguero’s shot from outside the area ended with goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli down on his back, and panicked players from Atletico and Villarreal dropped to their knees in a mass pileup with time running out.

The referee blew his whistle to signal a stoppage-time full-time, and with no time left for Villarreal or Atletico to react, the ball glanced off Mandi’s head with Rulli helpless to stop it.

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Villarreal took the lead after the first half thanks to a fortunate deflection of a shot by Manu Triguero. Rulli was flat on his back when the ball crossed the line, which meant Villarreal had an extra man covering the 2-1 goal area.

After the break, Manu Triguero cross hit the post, but it bounced to Aissa Mandi, who headed it in.

The goal buoyed the team, but one minute later, Atletico leveled with Sime Vrsaljko, converted after a shot by Angel Correa cleared the bar. Diego Godin gave Atletico the lead in the 58th.

On Sunday, Memphis Depay scored his first goal in an Olympique Lyon jersey to beat Marseille 1-0.

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Since joining the French club for 30 million euros ($34 million) from Manchester United in January, the Dutch forward has struggled for form, scoring just once in 11 appearances.

He had another opportunity to bounce back against OM but did not want to take any more risk after he shot wide just before halftime.

Sergi Roberto’s cross found Depay in the box, but the ball deflected off his head and onto the bar.

After scoring, the forward was substituted in stoppage time for Mouctar Diakhaby to help Lyon move level on points with third-place Paris Saint-Germain in the French league.

Depay told RMC Sport he is not satisfied with his performances. “I’m not coming here to be content with what I’m doing,” he said.

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