Tuesday’s encounter between Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish Football League’s 10th round ended in a stalemate (1-1). Valencia and Seville tied with the same outcome in the same round, while Getafe played Athletic Bilbao (2-2).
By tying Rayo Vallecano at the crucial moment, Colombian Radamel Falcao denied his old team, Atletico Madrid, a chance to win its fourth straight match in the Spanish League.
Alvaro Morata’s goal for Atletico Madrid gave them the lead in the 20th minute, while Radamel Falcao’s equaliser for Rayo Vallecano in the second minute of stoppage time came from a penalty kick.
With this point, Atletico improved to third place with a score of 20, and Real Betis (19), which will visit Cadiz on Wednesday, is now a threat. Vallecano improved to tenth place with a score of twelve points.
Alvaro Morata’s goal in the 20th minute off a pass from the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann propelled the Argentine team of coach Diego Simeone until stoppage time as they advanced toward the three points that would have temporarily put them at the same distance from second-place Barcelona and three points from their neighbour Real Madrid, the leaders.
However, he was taken aback when Jose Gimenes committed a handball inside the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick against him at the crucial moment. Atletico Madrid Falcao blew it and scored against the squad that defended its colours from 2011 to 2013 and scored 70 goals for him. The referee then verified its legitimacy after using “VAR.” 91 games throughout all leagues.
Seville improved to 10 points in 11th position while Valencia improved to 15 points in eighth.
Getafe and Athletic Bilbao were level 2–2 in the third game.