10-men Atletico fights back from two-down to draw against Girona

A 10-men Atletico Madrid team rallied despite being two-goals down to secure a 2-2 draw La Liga newcomers Girona.

Catalonia-based Girona, who were making their debut in the Spanish Primera division had a dream start against Atletico with two headed goals in the space of three first-half minutes.

Things then went from bad to worse to Atletico when their forward Antoine Griezmann was dismissed in the second half for two bookings, the first for to try to win a penalty and another for dissent.

However, substitute Angel Correa then gave a lifeline to the visitors with a thumping long range strike after a solo run, before Jose Gimenez earned a point for the visitors by heading in Koke’s inswinging free-kick.

Not to be denied, Girona tried to steal an injury-time winner through Olarenwaju Kayode, but the striker saw his header stopped by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak’s quick reactions.

It ended as a lesson fro the home side, as the Catalan team had switched off following a substitution.

Meanwhile, Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid also had another player sent off in Sergio Ramos, although Los Blancos did secure victory beforehand by three goals to nil against Deportivo.

While Deportivo pressured Real heavily from the start, Gareth Bale scored Real’s first La Liga goal with a tap in against the run of play, and for the third time in three consecutive seasons. Casemiro then followed suit after a 44-pass move, and Bale himself then set up a Toni Kroos goal in the second-half.

Keylor Navas then saved Florin Andone’s penalty late on, before Ramos was dismissed with a second yellow for a high elbow in an aerial challenge, having received his first for shoving Fabian Schar’s face.

The captain’s latest red meant that Ramos, 31, was now sent off 23 times for Real with 18 of those occasions in La Liga, an inglorious record he shares with ex-Sevilla defender Pablo Alfaro and Xavi Aguado, formerly of Real Zaragoza.

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