Suarez goals can't get Atletico past Celta

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Luis Suarez was back among the goals but Atletico Madrid have dropped two La Liga points at home drawing 2-2 with Celta Vigo.

The visitors took the lead on 13 minutes when Santi Mina converted Hugo Mallo's cross from the right.

The lead lasted until just before halftime when Luis Suarez slid in to knock home Marcos Llorente's cross to equalise.

Suarez put Atletico ahead five minutes into the second half.

It was another first time finish from close range, this time from a Renan Lodi's volleyed cross from Geoffrey Kondogbia's diagonal pass.

But Celta salvaged a point when Augusto Solari crossed and Facundo Ferreyra bundled the ball over the line from close range on 89 minutes.

The draw leaves Atletico eight points clear at the top of the standings, although they have a game in hand over second-place Barcelona.

La Liga's top scorer this season Suarez has scored 16 goals, three more than Lionel Messi and Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri.

Atletico were rocked by two more coronavirus positives in the build-up to the game with Hector Herrera and Thomas Lemar asymptomatic and self-isolating.

Joao Felix, Mario Hermoso and Moussa Dembele were already out after earlier positive tests and Yannick Carrasco was only just back to take his place on the bench after completing 10 days out after a positive diagnosis.

With Suarez in such good form it looked as if Atletico would get all three points but Celta deserved their point.

"We know we have to win our home games and they have taken a draw with their last attack," Atletico captain Koke said.

"We also conceded early too and that is happening too much lately. If we want to fight for the league we have to improve that."

Asked about the coronavirus taking a strain on the squad Koke said: "We have a good squad and we are going to need it. The pandemic is making things even more difficult."

Celta Vigo are 10th.

"It's a good draw for us. If we had got to the break still leading it might have been different," Celta scorer Mina said.

"But we are growing as a team. The manager wants us to show personality as a team and that is what we are doing."