Spanish La Liga
Result: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Valencia
Date: 08 March 2015
Venue: Vicente Calderon
Atletico Madrid and Valencia were forced to settle for a point after playing out to a 1-1 draw at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday evening.
The opening exchanges proved to be a cagey affair, as both sides were guilty of committing numerous fouls, which led to a couple minor altercations.
The first chance of the game fell to Valencia in the fifth minute, as Alvaro Negredo's overhead-kick was deflected out for a corner.
After a barren spell in the first half, the deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute, as a Fernando Torres' knockdown fell to Koke, who fired a low effort into the corner to give Atletico the lead.
Despite the good tempo to the game, chances were hard to come by in the opening 45 minutes, as Atletico went into the break leading 1-0.
Diego Simeone's side pushed for a second goal and were nearly rewarded in the 55th minute but Raul Garcia's glancing header was saved by Diego Alves.
Tiago should have increased Atletico's lead in the 70th minute but the midfielder managed to hit the crossbar from point-blank range.
Valencia made the opponents pay for that big miss, as Shkodran Mustafi popped up in the 78th minute to slot home from three-yards out, after a goal-mouth scramble.
The visitors ended the clash with 10 men after Javi Fuego was shown a second yellow card, minutes after his receiving his first.
Villarreal were in fine form as they thrashed Celta Vigo 4-1 on Sunday evening.
Sergio Canales scored the only goal of the game to hand David Moyes' Real Sociedad a 1-0 win over Espanyol.