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Valencia draw 1-1 at Atletico

Filipe Luis (left) and Jonas Gonsalves vie for the ball.Photo: afp
Filipe Luis (left) and Jonas Gonsalves vie for the ball.Photo: afp

Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to go second in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by improving Valencia on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao cancelled out Jonas’s strike, both goals coming in the first six minutes, leaving Diego Simeone’s side third with 61 points and nine games left in the season.

Atletico are a point behind city rivals and King’s Cup final opponents Real Madrid in second, 14 adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Barcelona, with 75 points, drew 2-2 at lowly Celta Vigo on Saturday when Real were held 1-1 at Real Zaragoza.

An own goal by Javi Lopez earned Real Sociedad a deserved 2-2 draw at Espanyol to leave them fourth with 48 points, in the last the Champions League qualification berth.

Valencia made a whirlwind start at the Calderon and took the lead after five minutes when Jonas took advantage of slack defending to score from close range. Atletico struck back within a minute as Arda Turan crossed and Falcao beat the offside trap to volley the equaliser, his 22nd goal of the campaign.Reuters


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