Thomas Partey scores in Atletico Madrid draw with Valencia

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Thomas Partey registered his second La Liga goal of the season as Atletico Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia.

Los Rojiblancos were 1-0 victors over Granada in their last outing and coming up against Los Che was going to be difficult.

Marcos Llorente gave the away team the lead in the 15th minute until Gabriel Paulista equalised five minutes to the break.

One more goal was going to come before the half-time whistle and it came via Partey who made a run from midfield, skipping past a couple of challenges before firing in a fierce shot from the edge of the 18-yard area which left Valencia goalie Jaume Domenech with no chance.

Central African Republic midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia made it 2-2 in the 59th minute.

Partey put in a solid performance for Atleti, with five shots, 70 touches (the most in the Atletico squad) and 36 accurate passes (80%).

The 26-year old Ghana international also successfully attempted all four dribbles, won eight of 10 ground duels and made two tackles and three interceptions.

Diego Simeone’s men remains in fourth place, but are under threat from Sevilla and Real Sociedad who could leapfrog them should they see off Espanyol and Eibar respectively on Sunday.

Aleti next turn their attention to the Champions League Round of 16 where they tackle reigning champions Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano next Tuesday.

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