Luis Suarez scored twice, including the injury-time winner, as Atletico Madrid beat 10-man Getafe 2-1 to top the La Liga on Tuesday.
MADRID : Luis Suarez has scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as Atletico Madrid advanced to the top of the La Liga on Tuesday with a 10-1 win over Getafe 2-1.
Hosts Getafe took the lead at half-time through Stephen Mitrovic, but the game changed when Carlos Alena was sent off in the 74th minute.
Defending champions Atletico are one point clearer now than City rivals Real Madrid, who host Real Mallorca on Wednesday.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said: “In the first half, we had immobility, a lack of agility.
“In the second period, the match had more rhythm, more intensity and we had more performance in the attack.”
A goalless draw with athlete Bilbao in the weekend games, two points lower than Real in the opening table and Simeone’s men were unable to reconcile for long.
A first-half scene from the audience ended badly as Getafe defender Mitrovich went home.
Antoine Griezmann and Suarez both came close to equalizing before giving a helping hand to former Barcelona midfielder Alena Atletico.
Alena, already registered, was given a straight red card following a VAR review for a poor start-up challenge against Brazilian international Matthias Cunha.
Mario ran on Hermoso’s long pass and hit a left-footed shot into the roof of the net just four minutes later to make Alena pay.
The Uruguayan ended the comeback when the clock crossed 90 minutes, with Getaway goalkeeper David Soria backing off after initially trying to collect Sim Versaljko’s cross.
Suarez, who has only started his third league in six games this season, has now scored three La Liga goals this season.
However, after returning to the club from Barcelona, Griezmann has yet to find the net in four appearances.
“He’s in the process of transforming this new Atletico, which is not the Atletico he knows,” said Simeone, a Frenchman.
“I firmly believe he will shine as before. I have no doubt.”
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Bilbao lost 2-1 to Rayo Vallecano at home, for whom Colombian player Falcao scored his first goal in a memorable style, winning six minutes into injury time.
And Zelda Vigo scored the first victory of the campaign, beating undefeated Lewandowski 2-0 with goals from Iago Aspas and Bras Mendes.