Atletico Madrid and Villarreal’s dramatic draw ‘ends in chaos as tunnel brawl sees Unai Emery’s assistant restrained while another coach is punched in the mouth’
- Atletico Madrid drew 2-2 with Villarreal in LaLiga on Sunday evening
- Villarreal were leading as the game entered the fifth minute of injury time
- Aissa Mandi scored a bizarre own goal as he attempted to head the ball back
- Tensions boiled over as both teams made their way down the tunnel
A brawl allegedly broke out in the tunnel after Atletico Madrid secured a last-gasp point against Unai Emery’s Villarreal on Sunday.
Villarreal looked to be heading for an unlikely victory when new signing Arnaut Danjuma restored their lead in the 74th minute after Luis Suarez had cancelled out Manu Trigueros’ opening strike earlier in the second half.
But in the fifth minute of stoppage time Atletico’s Saul Niguez sent a hopeful ball upfield and Algerian defender Mandi rose to head it back towards goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, instead glancing into his own net to the horror of his team mates.
Unai Emery shows his frustration after watching his side concede a late equaliser on Sunday
And reports claim things quickly turned sour following the final whistle.
Referee Soto Grado reported that the two teams clashed in the tunnel, with both players and coaches involved.
Spanish outlet AS say his report revealed that Atletico coach Pedro Tomas Renones Crego ‘hit a member of the visiting coaching staff’ while Emery’s assistant Villarreal Imanol Idiakez confronted Atletico players and staff ‘aggressively and had to be held by members of his team.’
There are also claims a coach was punched in the mouth.
Neither Diego Simeone or Unai Emery are said to have been involved in anything physical
While Villarreal could hardly believe their misfortune, a draw was no less than Atletico deserved after firing 23 shots at goal to the visitors’ two, both of which ended up in the net.
The late drama avoided a first home defeat for Atletico since February and moved them to seven points after three games alongside five other teams, with Real Madrid leading the standings on goal difference.
Atletico had dominated the first half but went behind against the run of play early in the second period to a thumping strike from midfielder Trigueros from just inside the area following a lay off from Yeremi Pino.
Luis Suarez scored his first goal of the season to pull the hosts level soon after, expertly slotting in a pass from Angel Correa, who had scored Atletico’s previous three goals this season in victories over Celta Vigo and Elche.
But the Uruguayan, whose 21 goals in the last campaign were crucial to Atletico landing the title, later went off injured and was seen on the bench nursing his knee with a pack of ice.
Aissa Mandi scored a bizarre own goal to gift Atletico Madrid a point on Sunday evening