Atletico Madrid failed to get their La Liga title bid off to a winning start, as Rodrigo earned Valencia a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium on Monday.
Angel Correa gave Digo Simeone’s visitors a 26thminute lead, but Rodrigo struck in the second half for the home team and last season’s runners-up Atletico failed to find a winner.
There are high hopes at the Wands Metropolitano that Atletico can muster a serious title challenge, after keeping their Key players in the close season and claiming an impressive extra-time win over city rivals Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup last week. But they were given a tough test to start the campaign at a strong at Valencia outfit who will be playing in the Champions League this season for the first time since 2015 after finishing fourth.
“It’ s a shame because we wanted to bring the win home and we didn’t manage it, “Correa said.
Atletico Madrid 1
Athletic Bilbao 2
(Nolaskoain 27, Muniain 90+3)
(Silva 33) 1
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