La Liga wrap: Atletico win seven-goal thriller
Atletico Madrid have survived a stunning late fightback from Rayo Vallecano to take out a seven-goal thriller at Vicente Calderon on Sunday.
After taking a 1-0 lead into half-time courtesy of a Mario Suarez goal in the 29th minute, Atletico appeared to put the result beyond doubt following a devastating three-goal blitz early in the second half.
Koke, Arda Turan and Falcao – from the penalty spot – all got their names on the scoresheet within the space of seven minutes to put Atletico up 4-0 after just 56 minutes and leave Rayo heads spinning.
Atletico held on to their four-goal buffer right up until the 81st minute and appeared destined for a comfortable victory but a quick-fire brace from Andrija Delibasic and a follow-up from Leo with just one minute of regular time remaining saw Rayo roar back into life and set up a grandstand finish.
However, the hosts managed to hang on for a memorable 4-3 win and move up to fifth on the La Liga table.
Third-placed Mallorca blew a chance to move to second place after being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-placed Osasuna at Estadio El Sadar.
The result could have been even more embarrassing for the visitors after Osasuna opened the scoring in the 69th minute thanks to a Kike Sola header.
But Mallorca saved their blushes to a degree nine minutes later when Tomer Hemed produced a header of his own to level scores and ensure the sides shared the spoils.
Granada were another bottom-three side to score an upset draw against more-fancied opposition when they held Deportivo La Coruna to a 1-1 result.
Deportivo grabbed the lead four minutes before half-time through Nelson Oliveira but Floro Flores ensured the hosts wouldn’t finish the match empty-handed when he goaled in the 81st minute.
In other results, Real Sociedad defeated Real Zaragoza 2-0 while Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
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Sun 16 September, 2012