Atletico Madrid 3-2 Valencia: Angel Correa & # 39; s deceased stunner sends Diego Simeone wildly and delays the title party of Barcelona
Atletico Madrid delayed Barcelona & # 39; s La Liga title celebrations by beating Valencia 3-2 at home in an entertaining match on Wednesday in a dung-dwelling Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
The defeat for Atletico would have given Barca an eighth title in eleven years, but the victory brought the team of Diego Simeone to 71 points after 34 games, nine points behind the Catalans.
Barca becomes champion if they beat Levante at home on Saturday and can seal the title before the kick-off if Atletico loses home at Real Valladolid earlier in the day.
Angel Correa scored a great third goal to secure the victory for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday
Alvaro Morata gave Atletico the lead on a rainy evening in the ninth minute by hitting the volleyball from close range, but Valencia came in the 36th by former Kevin Gameiro, the former Atletico striker.
Atletico & # 39; s top scorer Antoine Griezmann again put the home team in front early in the second half with a header, but the visitors, chasing after fourth place in La Liga, received a penalty for a Saul Niguez handball after a VAR assessment.
Captain Dani Parejo threw the ball in hard from the spot, but Atletico came back again and took the lead for the third time with a brilliant attack by Angel Correa, who wiped the ball out of the lane just inside the post.
Correa & # 39; s stunning attack led to wild celebrations on the sidelines of Diego Simeone
With four games remaining, Barcelona holds the direct tear-off against Atletico, who is trying to secure second place for the second consecutive season.
Atletico has a seven-point advantage in third place, Real Madrid, which reaches fourth place on Getafe on Thursday.
Valencia, which had won four in a row in all competitions, remained fifth in the rankings, two points behind Getafe in the last Champions League position. Valencia has reached the Copa del Rey final – it will face Barcelona on May 25 – and the Europa League semi-finals – when it will play Arsenal.
Substitute Angel Correa scored the winning goal for Atletico with a curling shot from the field in the 81st minute, making Atletico his fifth win in the last six games, with the only setback losing 2-0 to Barcelona in Camp Nou four laps ago.
Top scorer Antoine Griezmann put the home team back in front early in the second half
Striker Alvaro Morata opened the score for Atletico after a pass from Juanfran Torres less than 10 minutes into the match, and predicted Kevin Gameiro right near the end of the first half.
Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico the lead in the second half with a short header after a Thomas Lemar cross, and Dani Parejo equalized the game by turning a 77-minute penalty into a video clip for a Saul Niguez handball in the box.
It was one of the lowest attendance of the season for Atletico, with the game played under constant rain at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Alvaro Morata gave Atletico the lead in the ninth minute by crossing from close range