Atletico rally from behind to see of Eibar

Atletico Madrid moved level on points with league leaders Barcelona after rallying from behind to record a 3-1 victory over Eibar at the Vicente Calderón on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid 3 Eibar 1
Keko fires Eibar in front
Giménez equalises for Atletico
Níguez gives Atletico a slender lead
Torres notches Atleti's third

Match summary

The first half produced a fair number of chances for both sides, but due to a lack of cutting edge in front of goal the opening 45 minutes ended goalless.

However, it was a different story after the half-time break as Keko converted inside the first minute of the second half, leaving the hosts with a tough task.

Diego Simeone's men were up to the challenge, though, and drew level through José Giménez, before Saúl Níguez popped up in the 63rd minute to hand the hosts the lead.

And the come-from-behind win was competed in injury time, substitute Fernando Torres slotting home from the centre of the penalty area.

Full report

The first half was a closely contested affair, but it ended in a goalless stalemate as both sides failed to make their chances count.

Eibar duo Jota and Mauro Dos Santos squandered efforts early on, while at the opposite end of the pitch, Antoine Griezmann and Gabi failed to find the mark with their respective efforts on goal.

Goal-scoring chances were at a premium in the latter stages of the first half, though, with Eibar's Adrián firing wide of the left-hand post, before Ángel Correa smashed a powerful shot over the bar from the right-hand side of the box in the 34th minute.

Eibar had one last chance to snatch a first-half lead in the 44th minute, but Jota failed to hold his nerve, shooting over from the centre of the box after being teed up by Adrián's headed pass.

Supporters didn't have to wait long for the opening goal in the second half, however, as Keko latched onto a pass from Sergi Enrich before firing into the top-right corner from outside the box.

The goal sparked a reaction from the hosts, who eventually drew level through Giménez's close-range header on 56 minutes.

And it didn't take long for the home side to add to their first goal, with defender Níguez heading into the top-left corner from the centre of the box following Koke's inviting cross into the danger area.

Having swung the momentum in their favour, Atletico continued to press forward in search of a third, as late efforts from Yannick Carrasco and substitute Fernando Torres failed to find the mark.

However, Torres made amends for his earlier misses as he slotted home in the first minute of injury time to put the result beyond any doubt.

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