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Atletico fight back to sink Eibar for third win

Atletico fight back to sink Eibar for third win
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Eibar - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - September 1, 2019 Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa in action REUTERS/Javier Barbancho -
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JAVIER BARBANCHO(Reuters)
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MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid maintained their perfect start to the La Liga season by staging a remarkable comeback from two goals down to beat Eibar 3-2 at home on Sunday thanks to a 90th-minute strike from midfielder Thomas Partey.

Diego Simeone’s side had kept clean sheets in their opening two games but fell behind in the seventh minute to a headed goal from 35-year-old striker Charles and defender Anaitz Arbilla doubled Eibar’s lead with a deflected effort in the 19th.

Atleti’s 126 million-euro signing Joao Felix pulled the home side back into contention in the 27th minute by scoring his first La Liga goal for the club, side-footing a simple pass from strike partner Diego Costa into the net from close range.

Vitolo, the match-winner last week at Leganes, grabbed the equaliser early in the second half with a cool finish into the bottom corner and Costa had a strike ruled out for offside.

But Partey snatched a winner with a late show of strength and determination to fight off two defenders in the box before smashing the ball into the net, making Atletico the only team in the Spanish top flight to have won all three of their games.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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