Atleti drew 1-1 against Valencia on Saturday after Parejo scored a fantastic late free-kick goal. Costa had scored our goal.
Our team started the game well, with high intensity and looking to attack the away side. In fact, Simeone’s men collected two very good chances inside the first 20 minutes, as the shots from Saúl and Costa went just wide. Valencia were also dangerous from a couple of corner kicks. But it was Atleti who were in control of the game and we took the lead as Diego Costa converted from the penalty spot. The referee had to check the decision on VAR following a handball inside Celades’ side’s area.
We reached half-time with a one-goal lead, but Valencia almost equalised at the beginning of the second half as Cheryshev struck the crossbar. Simeone made a double change immediately after, bringing on Lodi and Lemar for Hermoso and Thomas. The Frenchman had a good chance to score from a free-kick, but he was denied by Cillessen. Our last substitution of the game came some 25 minutes before the end of the match, when Morata made way for Llorente. Atleti were forced to play with 10 men since the 80th minute due to a Joao Félix injury. Our luck had begun to change, and things got worse when Parejo equalised through a spectacular free-kick. We tried to win the game until the end, but it ultimately ended in a draw.