Late Suárez double gives Atlético 2-1 win at Getafe
Luis Suarez scored two late goals to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 win at Getafe in the Spanish league yesterday, ending their two-match winless streak and extending a decade-long unbeaten run against its Madrid rivals.
Suarez got the equaliser in the 78th minute and the winner in stoppage time to boost Atletico after two 0-0 draws. It was their 20th straight match without a loss against Getafe.
Getafe played with 10 men from the 74th because of a red card shown to midfielder Carles Alena. They had opened the scoring with a header by Stefan Mitrovic late in the first half for his first goal since joining the club this season.
The victory moved Atletico back to the top of the league with 14 points, one more than Real Madrid, who host promoted Mallorca today.
"A comeback win like this, with the team trailing late, will help boost the team's morale," Suarez said. "We know we have to fix a few things. We have to keep improving."
The defending champions were coming off consecutive scoreless draws at home against Porto in the Champions League and against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league.
Second-to-last Getafe remained one of the two teams yet to earn points in the league this season, along with Alaves.
"It's frustrating to leave without any reward after we played a great match," Getafe defender Jorge Cuenca said.
The hosts allowed Atletico to take full control of the match after Alena was sent off for a foul from behind on Atletico forward Matheus Cunha.
After missing a few good chances and hitting the crossbar, Suarez evened the match four minutes after the red card for Alena with a left-footed shot from inside the area. He netted the winner with a close-range header for his third goal of the season.
Antoine Griezmann started for Atletico after being on the bench against Porto last week. He was replaced by Cunha in the 67th after another lacklustre performance.
Atletico were without Portugal forward Joao Felix. He was handed a two-match suspension after earning a red card -- a yellow for a foul and a red for then complaining to the referee -- in the draw against Bilbao on Saturday.