Valencia recovers from double setback and signs with Atletico Madrid with former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista on the score sheet
- Valencia and Atletico Madrid played 2-2 in the Mestalla Stadium on Friday
- Former Arsenal man Gabriel Paulista canceled the early goal of Marcus Llorente
- Thomas Partey gave the lead to Diego Simeone just before the break
- Geoffrey Kondogbia’s header was tied in the second half
Valencia came twice from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Atletico Madrid, extending its winless point against the team of Diego Simeone to 11 games in all competitions.
The result means that Valencia remains outside the Champions League spots, while Atletico remains in fourth place.
The home team has not defeated Atleti since 2014, with Los Ches then losing six and signing five.
Former Arsenal man Gabriel Paulista scored when Valencia signed 2-2 with Atletico Madrid in La Liga
The game at the Mestalla Stadium came before both teams play in the Champions League round next week, when Atleti hosts Liverpool on Tuesday, while Valencia visits Atalanta on Wednesday.
Marcos Llorente opened the score for Atleti up close in the 15th minute after a nice exchange between Angel Correa and Vitolo Machin in the area.
Gabriel Paulista equalized a header five minutes before half-time after a pass by Maxi Gomez, but Thomas Partey gave Atletico another lead three minutes later with a well-hit low shot.
Marcos Llorente took care of Diego Simeone after 15 minutes from close range
Gabriel converted the crossing of Maxi Lopez into level matters five minutes before the break
Valencia tied the game just before the hour, when midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia made a free kick from Dani Parejo on the way home.
Former Arsenal man Gabriel could not find the winner and had to leave the field on a stretcher due to an ankle injury in the last minutes.
On Saturday, third place Getafe visits second place Barcelona, while leaders Real Madrid organize celta Vigo threatened relegation on Sunday.
Thomas Partey (center) silenced the Mestalla with a goal just before the break
Geoffrey Kondogbia (left) saved a point for Valencia with half an hour of play