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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Eibar: Atleti struggles continue thanks to Dmitrovic heroics

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Eibar: Atleti struggles continue thanks to Dmitrovic heroics

Atletico Madrid’s poor start to the season has continued on home turf as they were held to a draw by Eibar, requiring a last gasp equaliser from 19-year-old debutant Borja Garces.

The hosts started the game strongly and had several glaring opportunities in the first half, with Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann among those denied by a heroic display from Marko Dmitrovic.

The Eibar shotstopper produced an incredible display making seven saves, though his team actually came closest to scoring as Anaitz Arbilla and Pere Milla both hit the woodwork whilst the scoreline remained at deadlock.

It was substitute Sergi Enrich who finally made the breakthrough by capitalising on a Diego Godin error on the counter-attack, then beating the Uruguayan to prod in from a few yards out in the 87th minute.

Godin immediately looked to make amends, heading a corner off of the post in injury time but it looked as though Atleti would be forced to settle for only a second defeat at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

Fortunately for Diego Simeone, his gamble paid off in the fifth minute of injury time as 19-year-old striker Borja Garces scored with a rifled shot from 12 yards out, making his debut in a controversial switch for midfielder Rodri which saw the coach whistled by his own fans.

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A point apiece suits neither side, particularly title hopefuls Atletico who are now seven points off of the pace of leaders Barcelona after just four games played.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Luis; Koke, Rodri (Garces, 71′), Saul, Lemar (Correa, 59′); Costa, Griezmann. Unused subs: Adan, Solano, Montero, Partey, Martins.

Eibar: Dmitrovic; Pena, Oliveira, Arbilla, Angel; Alvarez, Diop (Cardona, 80′), De Blasis, Jordan, Milla (Escalante, 57′); Charles (Enrich, 57′). Unused subs: Riesgo, Ramis, Cucurella, Hervias.

Goals: Enrich (0-1, 87′), Garces (1-1, 90+5′).

Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera (Yellows: Charles (16′), Koke (39′), Godin (51′), Diop (54′)).

Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (55,674 attendance).