MADRID, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid twice came from behind to pull off a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, completing their comeback with a stoppage-time header from limping captain Diego Godin.
Struggling Bilbao, who have held Real Madrid and Barcelona to draws this season but have not won since the opening day, took the lead in the 36th minute when Inaki Williams nudged the ball across the line after team mate Mikel San Jose had rattled the underside of the crossbar.
Williams missed a glaring chance to double Athletic’s lead early in the second half and was left ruing it when Thomas Partey sent a long range pile-driver into the net to level in the 61st minute.
Williams quickly replied again to restore Athletic’s lead, producing an ice-cool finish after racing on to a through ball by close friend Iker Muniain but Atletico midfielder Rodri levelled in the 80th minute by scoring his first goal for the club with a glancing header from a corner.
Godin, who remained on the pitch only because Atletico had made the maximum three substitutes, hobbled into the box to contest a late free kick and sent the home fans wild by heading in the winning goal, initially ruled out for offside then awarded after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR).
The win follows Atletico’s impressive 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and takes Diego Simeone’s side second in the La Liga standings, one point behind Barcelona who host Real Betis on Sunday. (Reporting by Richard Martin; editing by Clare Fallon)