Atletico Madrid staged a stunning comeback to secure a remarkable 3-1 victory over Villarreal, marking their 15th consecutive league win at home, surpassing their previous record set between May 2012 and February 2013 at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
The contest saw Villarreal initially take the lead as Gerard Moreno struck in the 20th minute. However, the determined hosts rallied fiercely, turning the tide with an electrifying performance. The first-half stoppage time witnessed Axel Witsel leveling the playing field, setting the stage for a thrilling Atletico resurgence.
Antoine Griezmann, in scintillating form, delivered a crucial goal in the 80th minute, while Samuel Lino further sealed the triumph with a goal in the 85th minute, cementing Atletico’s stellar comeback and securing the vital three points.
Griezmann, the influential force in Atletico’s attacking front alongside Álvaro Morata, showcased his prowess with a goal and an assist, tallying seven goals in the last six matches. Together, they have steered an attack that has netted an impressive 29 goals in just 12 league matches.
Atletico’s triumph extends beyond domestic dominance, as they remain unbeaten in 12 matches across all competitions, boasting an impressive record of 10 wins and two draws. The team’s impeccable home form has been a significant factor, clinching victory in all six home games this season and triumphing in the last nine matches from the previous season, establishing a new club record at the Metropolitano stadium.
Expressing his gratitude to the fervent supporters, Griezmann acknowledged the pivotal role of the passionate fanbase in fueling the team’s performance. “It’s always a plus to play in front of these fans. They always give us an extra boost,” Griezmann remarked.
Under the guidance of coach Diego Simeone, who recently extended his contract until 2027, Atletico holds a game in hand following the suspension of a home match against Sevilla in September due to inclement weather.
Meanwhile, Villarreal suffered their seventh league defeat, currently occupying the 14th position in the standings. The team, led by sports director Miguel Ángel Tena after the dismissal of coach José Rojo Martín, faces a challenging phase following the recent change in leadership.