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Atleti spoil Valencia's perfect start

By Reuters
Last update 23/09/2010 at 06:33 - Published on 23/09/2010 at 04:55
By Reuters - 23/09/2010 at 06:33

Atleti spoil Valencia's perfect startAtletico Madrid spoiled Valencia's perfect start in the late kickoff, holding Unai Emery's side to a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla.

Simao Sabrosa put the visitors ahead in the 19th minute, finishing off an intricate passing move from close range.

Atletico's teenage goalkeeper David De Gea, widely tipped as a possible future replacement for Spain keeper Iker Casillas, protected his side's lead in the second half with a series of fine saves as Valencia pressed for an equaliser.

The 19-year-old was finally beaten in the 83rd when Aritz Aduriz headed in a hanging cross from David Albelda.

Valencia are level with Real on 10 points, fourth-placed Atletico have seven and Sevilla have a chance to go joint top with Real and Valencia with a win at home to Racing Santander on Thursday.

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