La Liga round-up: Atletico Madrid lose thriller in Cádiz in last touch

La Liga round-up: Atletico Madrid lose thriller in Cádiz in last touch

BARCELONA, Spain — For the second straight game, Atlético Madrid was fouled on the last touch of the ball.

Cadiz beat Atlético 3-2 in the Spanish league on Saturday after Ruben Soberino tapped in a cross before the final whistle to end the see-saw contest in favor of the hosts.

The second-last defeat came just three days after Atletico crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage following a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen. Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco had a penalty saved and two attempts by his teammates to pull it back failed in the final kicks of the game.

Cadiz led 2-0 until substitute Joao Félix was brought back late by Atletico. His scissor kick was turned into his own net by Luis Hernandez in the 85th and Felix equalized with a long strike in the 89th. The Portugal forward even came close with a header against the visitors that narrowly missed in injury time.

But the last gasp by Cádiz ended when Sobrino was left unmarked at the far post where he used his charge to turn in a cross and slot home at the Nuevo Mirandela Stadium.

The defeat threatened Atletico’s grip on third place.

“Things are not going our way right now,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “(We have to) be strong, take some blame, and stay calm because there will be criticism, fair and unfair.”

It was Cadiz’s first win at home this season that was under threat. Cadiz made it two goals after Theo Bunganda struck just seconds after kick-off and Alex Fernandez fired wide of the crossbar in the 81st.

Atletico and Spain striker Alvaro Morata had to be substituted early in the match due to a strain on his right foot. Spain coach Luis Enrique will announce his squad for the World Cup on November 11.

Young midfielder Pablo Barrios started as a late substitute for Atletico.

Barcelona later visited Valencia.

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