Leganes 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Simeone's men disappoint as Carrillo levels late on

Atletico Madrid dropped points in LaLiga on Saturday as it was held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Leganes.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann   -  Getty Images

Guido Carrillo's late equaliser prevented Atletico Madrid from going top of LaLiga as Leganes held its underwhelming visitor to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Diego Simeone was missing Diego Godin, Koke and Diego Costa due to muscular problems for the short trip to Butarque, and without them, its performance was disappointing - Carrillo pegging it back late on.

In an unremarkable first period, Leganes looked the slightly more promising and did at least go close on a couple of occasions, though quality was lacking from both sides.

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Atletico improved slightly after the break and eventually went ahead through Antoine Griezmann's free-kick, but substitute Carrillo secured the strugglers a deserved point eight minutes from time with his third goal of the season.

After a tight opening Leganes should have taken the lead 21 minutes in, but Youssef En-Nesyri headed a corner delivery just over from about nine yards.

Recio then went close with a 25-yard free-kick which curled just wide of the left-hand post a few minutes later. But, the fiercely contested first half produced few other highlights at either end.

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Ivan Cuellar had to be alert just after the break, racing out to pounce on the ball at the feet of Gelson Martins – making his first LaLiga start since joining from Sporting CP.

But, Cuellar was poor for Atletico's breakthrough, as he failed to dive for Griezmann's 30-yard free-kick and watched as it hit the net.

Atletico could not hold on, however, and Leganes got an arguably justifiable equaliser in the 82nd minute – Carrillo tapping in from close range after Rodri Tarin's effort came back off the crossbar.

Griezmann should have restored its lead in stoppage time, but he fired over from Filipe Luis' cut-back and Atletico was consigned to stalemate.

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What does it mean? Atletico performances catching up with it

Atletico has not been impressive in recent weeks, with the 2-0 win over Real Sociedad last time in LaLiga glossing over an unconvincing display. It had no such fortune this time, as it failed to control proceedings and stuttered against relegation-threatened opposition.

Rodrigo one of few positives

The signing of Rodrigo from Villarreal always looked as though it was going to be a fine piece of business and he showed why on Saturday, injecting a little composure to midfield when others were rather more panicked.

A difficult outing for Gelson

In fairness to new signing Gelson, he was played in an unfamiliar central role. Even still, he failed to do the simple things well and showed few signs of understanding with Griezmann.

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Key Opta Facts

- Antoine Griezmann has scored 82 LaLiga goals as an Atletico Madrid player, making him the club's seventh all-time top scorer in the competition.
- Atletico's haul of 20 points is the fewest won by the Rojiblancos team under Diego Simeone at this stage of a LaLiga season. 
- After five league meetings, Carrillo scored Leganes' first goal versus Atletico Madrid.
- Simeone's side is the only team from the top five European leagues yet to concede a goal in the first half of games so far this season.

What's next?

Atletico returns to Champions League action on Tuesday when in-form Borussia Dortmund visits Madrid, with Athletic Bilbao following in LaLiga next Saturday. Leganes travels to Girona the same day.

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