Geoffrey Kondogbia saved Atletico Madrid a point with a goal in the second half that secured the champions a 2-2 draw against Villarreal in a breathtaking La Liga clash on Sunday.
Striker Angel Correa scored a brilliant one Goal from midfield to give Atletico a lead, but Pau Torres equalized after a free-kick rebound in the 29th minute.
Villarreal took the lead early in the second half after Alberto Moreno fired a low shot, but Kondogbia ensured Atletico earned some of the points when he met goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.
Atletico are 33 Points from 20 games in fourth place in the table, 16 points behind leaders Real Madrid. Villarreal is just outside the European places with 29 points.
Atletico’s Correa intercepted a pass from Dani Parejo in the center circle and sucked Rulli to the goal with an overwhelming shot.
« I know Rulli pretty well and I know that he likes to stay far from goal, so when I saw it, I went all in and the kick was right in, « Correa told reporters.
Jan Oblak seemed to have held Atletico’s lead when he blocked a Gerard Moreno penalty in the 23rd minute, but Torres caught the rebound to make it 1-1.
The hosts then went in Lead when Gerard Moreno slipped the ball through to Alberto Moreno, who shot into the net.
Atletico were reduced to 10 in the last few seconds when Kondogbia was sent off for a second yellow card.
On Sunday previously runner-up Sevilla secured a 1-0 win over Getafe thanks to an early goal from Rafa Mir. With one game in hand, you are five points behind leaders Real.
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