A 90th-minute goal from Luis Suarez gave Atlético Madrid a 2-1 win at Alaves that also gave a two-point lead over Real Madrid putting them on top of the La Liga table.
The ex-Barcelona striker, who joined Atletico in September, continues to be admired by his new fans at Atletico Madrid as a last-minute winner against Alaves saw Suarez setting a record for the best start at the club in the 21st century, has he been involved in 11 goals in his opening 12 games for the club in La Liga (nine goals & two assists), surpassing Radamel Falcao in 2011 (nine goals & one assist).
He had earlier teed up a deflected shot from Marcos Llorente to put Atletico ahead 1-0 shortly before the halftime.
“We knew it would be a difficult game as Alaves always make things tough and they proved that by drawing level with one player less but it was so important for us to get the win,” said Llorente.
“Our substitutions worked very well and we got the second goal after a great piece of play and it allows us to keep focusing on our objective.”
Alaves’ Victor Laguardia was shown a red card in the second half but equalised with a Felipe own goal, before Suarez latched on to substitute Joao Felix’s cross.
Despite the dismissal of Laguardia, Alaves had a flurry of late chances and levelled by the 84th-minute when Felipe diverted a cross from Joselu into his own net.
But Atletico had the last statement with the win as Suarez converted his ninth goal of the season.
Diego Simeone and his men will return to action in La Liga next Saturday, hosting Athletic Bilbao.