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Late Duro brace for Valencia stuns Atletico's Simeone in 3-3 thriller

Duro was only introduced from the bench in the 85th minute, yet he managed to score two goals from just two attempts

07 November 2021, Spain, Valencia: Valencia's Hugo Duro celebrates scoring a goal during the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Valencia CF and Atletico de Madrid at Mestalla Stadium. Photo: Xisco Navarro/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Valencia's Hugo Duro celebrates scoring during the match between Valencia and Atletico de Madrid at Mestalla Stadium. Photo: Xisco Navarro/dpa.

Hugo Duro scored twice in stoppage time as Atletico Madrid threw away a two-goal lead in a remarkable 3-3 draw away to Valencia on Sunday.

Atletico looked to be well on track to bouncing back from a disappointing midweek defeat to Liverpool but Valencia showed commendable spirit to peg them back right at the end.

The visitors had dominated the first half and led through Luis Suarez's sublime goal, only for Valencia to improve after the break and level through Stefan Savic's own goal.

A quick-fire double from Atletico, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrsaljko, looked as though it would be enough for the champions, only for Valencia substitute Duro to clinch a late brace that incredibly rescued a point.

Atletico's early loss of Kieran Trippier to a shoulder injury did not inhibit the champions' ability to dominate.

A deserved opener arrived just after the half-hour mark as Suarez received Angel Correa's incisive pass and left Mouctar Diakhaby for dead with a wonderful first touch that preceded a left-footed finish going in off the post.

Valencia improved after the break and quickly equalised – Goncalo Guedes seeing a shot find the net via Jan Oblak and Savic.

But the parity did not last. Griezmann robbed Hugo Guillamon just inside the Atletico half and embarked on a solo run that culminated in a sensational 25-yard strike arrowing into the top-left corner.

Excellent volley

It was 3-1 two minutes later, with Suarez bundling the ball past Jasper Cillesen and Vrsaljko was on hand to nudge over the line, but Valencia were far from finished.

Duro guided an excellent volley beyond Oblak from Jose Gaya's cross with 92 minutes played to leave Atletico nervous.

And then the striker headed in Guedes' free-kick delivery to complete a brilliant comeback, with Valencia however also winless in 14 games in LaLiga over seven years against Atletico.

Duro was only introduced from the bench in the 85th minute, yet he managed to score two goals from just two attempts.

Atletico host Osasuna in their first game after the upcoming international break on November 20. Valencia go to Real Sociedad the following day.

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