Thomas Partey scores own goal in Atletico Madrid defeat to Leverkusen

Chema ReyMARCA

Chema ReyMARCA

Trips to Alaves and Sevilla yielded just two points in LaLiga Santander as they drew 1-1 twice, before they were beaten at Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Despite suffering a late fright and red card, Leverkusen were worthy winners and must have left their supporters wondering why they could not have produced similar displays earlier in the group.

Partey has been a standout performer for Atleti this season and, despite the own goal, still had an impressive outing against Leverkusen.

Starting the game in a frenetic fashion, the home side got their efforts rewarded when midfielder Thomas Partey unluckily turned the ball into his own net with four minutes to end the first half.

Leverkusen extended their lead 10 minutes after the break.

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Leverkusen made the better start but had to wait till the 21st before the first big chance, when Volland should have left the ball for the better positioned Karim Bellarabi rather than shooting straight at Jan Oblak in the visitors' goal.

Although Diego Simeone unleashed the attacking trio of Angel Correa, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata for this one, Atletico were anything but attacking in the first half.

There were ugly moments after that and, at one point, a huge scuffle broke out in the Atletico area involving around a dozen players which led to four players being booked.

Nadiem Amiri was sent off for a reckless challenge on Santiago Arias in the closing minutes with Alvaro Morata grabbing a consolation goal for Atletico in stoppage time.

Atletico would have joined Juventus in the next round with a win here, but the defeat means they are only four points above Lokomotiv and Leverkusen.

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