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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Villarreal: Bacca earns visitors a point

Carlos Bacca earned Villarreal a point against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday afternoon.

Heading into the Saturday afternoon kick-off, Diego Simeone’s side were hoping to bounce back after four draws in five games but they failed to get the better of Javi Calleja’s much improved Villarreal.

The home side did open the scoring through Angel Correa on the hour mark after the tricky winger slotting home, but their lead would last just twenty minutes as Bacca found space and headed in from close range to share the points.

The draw means Atletico sit in fourth place, level on points with Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, league leaders Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Leo Messi and Paulinho.

Whilst, Valencia, who sit in second place beat Alaves away from home.

A 2-1 victory over Alaves ensured they remained their for another round of fixtures, thanks to goals from Simone Zaza and Rodrigo.

Italian international Zaza lashed home in the ninth minute to score a goal which was his ninth in the league, whilst Spanish international Rodrigo smashed home the winner from the penalty spot in the second half.

Central defender Alexis scored for the home side, who are now sat in 19th place – four points from safety, just above Malaga.

 

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