December 2, 2018 / 5:35 PM / 16 days ago

Soccer-Atletico salvage draw at Girona with own goal

GIRONA, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title ambitions suffered a setback on Sunday as they drew 1-1 away at Girona, only averting a first league defeat since September thanks to a late own goal by Jonas Ramalho.

Atletico’s Saul Niguez struck the underside of the bar as the visitors enjoyed the better first-half chances but they fell behind on the stroke of halftime when top scorer Cristhian Stuani converted a penalty.

The spot kick was awarded with the help of the video assistant referee after Stuani himself had been tripped by goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Girona’s substitute keeper Gorka Iraizoz made a stunning save to thwart Saul in the second half but Diego Simeone’s side levelled in the 83rd minute.

Diego Costa burst forward to control a long ball and Ramalho’s attempt to clear saw him instead divert it into his own net.

The draw left Atletico third in the standings on 25 points, level with second-placed Barcelona, who were in action against Villarreal later on Sunday, and one behind leaders Sevilla, who were facing Alaves. (Reporting by Richard Martin Editing by Ian Chadband)

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