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Girona 2-2 Atlético Madrid

Girona beat Atletico Madrid on La Liga debut
Girona earned automatic promotion last season after play-off defeats in three of the four previous seasons

Atletico Madrid brushed off Antoine Griezmann's sending off to fight back from 2-0 down and stop newly promoted Girona winning on their La Liga debut.

Former Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani scored two headers in the space of three minutes midway through the first half to put the Catalans ahead.

Atletico striker Griezmann was sent off shortly after the hour mark, given a yellow card for diving and another for dissent after contesting the decision.

Substitute Angel Correa gave a lifeline to the visitors with a thumping 18-yard drive after a solo run.

And the 10-time Spanish champions, who finished third last season, levelled when Jose Maria Gimenez bravely beat Girona keeper Gorka Iraizoz to the ball to head in Koke's inswinging free-kick.

It was a harsh lesson for the home side, who were promoted to the Spanish top-flight for the first time in their 87-year history last season, as they switched off defensively following a substitution.

However, they almost snatched an injury-time winner through Olarenwaju Kayode, but the on-loan Manchester City striker saw his header stopped by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak's quick reactions.

Kayode was one of five on-loan City players in Girona's matchday squad, with the English side's parent company City Football Group reported to be close to buying a majority stake in the club.

Elsewhere, Sevilla - who finished fourth last season - drew 1-1 against Espanyol, while Real Sociedad nicked a late 3-2 win at Celta Vigo through Brazilian striker Willian Jose's penalty.

A minute's silence is being held before all games on the opening weekend of the Spanish top-flight season in tribute to those killed and injured in the attacks in the country's Catalonia region.

Line-ups

Girona

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 5Alcalá
  • 2Bernardo
  • 20Muniesa
  • 25Maffeo
  • 8PonsBooked at 90mins
  • 6Granell Nogué
  • 11BenítezSubstituted forPlanasat 71'minutes
  • 9Portugués ManzaneraSubstituted forKayodeat 84'minutes
  • 24García
  • 7StuaniBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 12Douglas Luiz
  • 13Bono
  • 15Ramírez López
  • 17Moreno
  • 18Kayode
  • 21Planas
  • 23García

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Torres BelénSubstituted forCorreaat 58'minutes
  • 24Giménez
  • 15Savic
  • 19HernándezBooked at 61mins
  • 10CarrascoBooked at 28mins
  • 14Fernández ArenasSubstituted forGaitánat 69'minutes
  • 8SaúlBooked at 50mins
  • 6Koke
  • 9TorresSubstituted forViettoat 73'minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá
  • 11Correa
  • 12Fernández
  • 16Vrsaljko
  • 17Vietto
  • 22Gaitán
  • 29González Testón
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
11,342

Match Stats

Home TeamGironaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Girona 2, Atlético de Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Girona 2, Atlético de Madrid 2.

  3. Booking

    Pere Pons (Girona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Pere Pons (Girona).

  5. Post update

    Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olarenwaju Kayode (Girona) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Carles Planas.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc Muniesa (Girona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Maffeo following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Girona. Conceded by Lucas Hernández.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pedro Alcalá (Girona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Borja García from a direct free kick.

  12. Post update

    Olarenwaju Kayode (Girona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

  14. Post update

    Pablo Maffeo (Girona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Pedro Alcalá (Girona) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Pedro Alcalá (Girona).

  20. Post update

    Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 19th August 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Sociedad11003213
2Leganés11001013
3Valencia11001013
4Girona10102201
5Atl Madrid10102201
6Espanyol10101101
7Sevilla10101101
8Ath Bilbao00000000
9Barcelona00000000
10Dep La Coruña00000000
11Eibar00000000
12Getafe00000000
13Levante00000000
14Malaga00000000
15Real Betis00000000
16Real Madrid00000000
17Villarreal00000000
18Celta Vigo100123-10
19Alavés100101-10
20Las Palmas100101-10
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