Atletico Madrid kicked off their LaLiga title defense with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday thanks to a brace from Argentine forward Angel Correa, although the game ended in a massive brawl and a player from both sides was sent off.
Luis Suarez started the game on the bench and Correa took full responsibility for the team’s attacking duties, giving Atletico the lead midway through the first half after a marauding run from Thomas Lemar.
Celta tied the score with a penalty from captain Iago Aspas 59 minutes into the game, but Atletico soon recovered their lead when Correa fired into the bottom corner after a stunning diagonal ball from Saul Niguez, who was expected to deflect the club in the final. would leave the season.
The match ended in chaos as Celta captain Hugo Mallo and Atletico defender Mario Hermoso were shown red cards in extra time for bouncing off the ball, while players across the field could see each other in melee.
Atletico were lucky enough not to allow an equalizer as Aspas goalkeeper Jan Oblak drove around, but the striker somehow missed the mark with the gaping goal.
The champions had to defend deep into their own half until the 10th minute of added time to get off to an ideal start in their bid to successfully defend a league title for the first time since 1951.