Koke bemoans Atletico Madrid’s carelessness in throwing away two goal lead at Valencia

Atletico Madrid travelled to Mestalla today to face Valencia and incredibly threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 in injury time.

Atletico took the lead in the 35th minute. Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa combined beautifully before threading a through ball into Luis Suarez. El Pistolero was customarily clinical, finishing coolly to score his seventh goal of the season.

Valencia got back on level terms five minutes into the second half. Goncalo Guedes’ cross from the right side deflected off Stefan Savic and nestled in the back of the net.

Atletico hit back in a matter of minutes, however. Griezmann picked the ball up and ran from deep, with Suarez making a run that opened up space for the Frenchman and enable him to fire a left-footed rocket into the top corner of the net from distance.

Valencia got another goal back in the 92nd minute to set up a nervy finish. Jose Gaya crossed from the left flank and Hugo Duro managed to finish well and beat Jan Oblak in Atletico’s goal.

Then, with Mestalla willing the ball into the net, Valencia scored another equaliser in the 96th minute. Duro was the man to deliver the goal once again, scoring with a header after Goncalo Guedes whipped the ball in from a corner on the left side.

“It’s difficult, we have to be more attentive, they can’t come back and draw when we were winning 3-1 in the final minutes,” Koke said post-match in comments carried by Marca.


“We have to push harder and be careful with how we manage games. It’s a lack of attention in the final minutes and that’s how they drew.

“Many of the goals that we concede are from set pieces, and that’s a case of paying attention and staying alert. We have to work on it and we have room for improvement.

“Today it’s almost as if we’ve lost. We’re going to go away with our national teams now to disconnect, but it’s not been a good month. It’s a difficult result, but if we keep working hard things will eventually work out.”

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