August 20, 2018 / 8:13 PM / a month ago

Soccer-Valencia hold Atletico in thrilling Liga draw

VALENCIA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Valencia’s Rodrigo struck a fine second-half volley to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid in an end-to-end Liga clash as both sides got their domestic campaigns underway on Monday.

Ateltico’s Angel Correa put the attack-minded visitors ahead when he fired home in the 26th minute after reaching Antoine Griezmann’s cunning pass.

Diego Costa came close to doubling the lead but Neto denied him with a fine save before Rodrigo volleyed home in the 55th to level for Valencia after a rare mistake by defender Diego Godin.

Gabriel Paulista hit the post for the hosts and Daniel Wass was denied by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak when debutant Michy Batshuayi sent him through on goal in the 90th as Valencia pushed for a late winner but ultimately came up short. (Editing by Ken Ferris)

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