Atlético Madrid narrowly prevented another setback in the Spanish football league. The reigning national champion was still behind Valencia (0-2) in his own stadium on Saturday after an hour of play, but still won by two goals in the final phase: 3-2. International Jasper Cillessen was missing from Valencia after the minor injury he sustained in the match against Sevilla on Wednesday.
Valencia made the difference before half-time. From a counterattack, American Yunus Musah gave his team the lead in the 24th minute with a hard and low shot. Hugo Duro took advantage of weak defense at Atlético shortly before the break (0-2).
The Brazilian Matheus Cunha helped Atlético back into the game shortly after his substitute, in the 64th minute. Ángel Correa, another substitute, equalized in the last minute of regular time. Deep into injury time, defender Mario Hermoso made it even more happy for Atlético with the 3-2.
Atlético are fourth and 13 points less than leader Real Madrid. The team of coach Diego Simeone was eliminated from the Spanish Cup earlier this week.