Valencia 2-2 Atletico A tough night at the Mestalla

Valencia and Atletico Madrid served up a game full of emotion and quality at Mestalla on Friday evening, playing out a 2-2 draw in LaLiga Santander.

There was a lot at stake with both sides chasing Champions League football for next season, and Ferran Torres stood above the madness with an impressive performance.

It’s taken half a season, but Marcos Llorente found his way into Diego Simeone‘s XI for a big game and got his first goal for the club.

He had netted in preseason against the MLS All Stars, but hadn’t done so since until Friday.

Valencia keep on finding ways to score from set pieces.

Their first came from a corner, with Gabriel Paulista getting his name on the scoresheet and the second was created by Dani Parejo who whipped in a sublime freekick for Geoffrey Kondogbia to convert.

Thomas Partey was back to his usual self.

After a number of games wherein he wasn’t quite at his best, he raised his level of performance at Mestalla and his improvement comes as good news for Simeone.

Eliaquim Mangala was the great novelty in Albert Celades‘ XI as he came in as cover.

Mangala had played just 271 minutes before the appearance, and he had to deal with Vitolo and Angel Correa.

He struggled with the forwards, and he was slow to close Thomas down before the Ghanaian picked out the bottom corner from outside the box.