Atletico Need VAR And Late Winner From Injured Godin To Beat Bilbao
Madrid, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 11th Nov, 2018 ) :Diego Godin played on injured for half an hour and then scored a 91st-minute winner on Saturday as Atletico Madrid twice came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in La Liga.
Rodrigo headed them level with 10 minutes left, before Godin's close-range finish, initially ruled out for offside, was allowed to stand by referee Jose Sanchez, after consultation with his video assistant referee.
"During the Williams goal I felt my muscle go," Godin said afterwards. "Simeone told me to stay on up front, in case a corner or a ball came into the area. I tried to help and it worked out well." Simeone added: "It is one of the most exciting victories in the history of this stadium." Victory means Atletico move to within a point of Barcelona, who play at home to Real Betis on Sunday. Bilbao remain 17th, without a win since the opening day of the season.
That run has, however, included draws against both Barca and Real Madrid, and for much of this contest they were the better side too.
Godin and Diego Costa both returned but 19-year-old Francisco Montero had to play alongside Godin in central defence, with Lucas Hernandez, Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic all out injured, along with Thomas Lemar and Koke in midfield.
"We knew it would be a difficult game, with many players missing, and after a big week for us," Godin said.
Markel Susaeta fired wide, after Rodrigo carelessly conceded possession, and then instigated the goal, darting free of the sleeping Filipe Luis.
- Williams troubles Atletico - Susaeta squared for Mikel San Jose, whose first-time shot was brilliantly clawed onto the post by Jan Oblak. But the ball rolled agonisingly across the line, where Williams was perfectly placed.
It was the first league goal Atletico had conceded in a first half this season and there were whistles as the players departed at the interval.
Thomas lifted the mood with a booming effort from range that flew past Iago Herrerin and into the corner. But, level in the 61st minute, Atletico were behind again in the 64th as one pass sent the speedy Williams clear.
Godin clambered at the striker's heels but could not recover. Williams slid in his second.
There was still time for a winner and it was Atleti that snatched it. Saul Niguez kept the ball alive at the back post, Griezmann flicked towards goal and Godin poked it over the line.
The celebrations were halted by the linesman's flag. But only temporarily.
Daniel Parejo converted an 81st-minute penalty after Bruno Gonzalez's foul on Kevin Gameiro was spotted on review.
Bruno was sent off for a second yellow card as Valencia held on for only their second La Liga win of the season.