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Villarreal’s Danjuma open La Liga goal score in Atletico Madrid’s draw

The Nigerian descent came from the bank to open his goal account but it was not enough to win the visitors in Madrid

Arnaut Danjuma is out of the spot in La Liga after scoring Villarreal’s second goal in their 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

After making his debut in the Spanish top flight last Saturday as a substitute of the 86th minute, the 24-year-old who joined a five-year deal from Bournemouth has started on the bench again at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

He replaced Pervis Estupinan in the 63rd minute and scored nine minutes later when the visitors regained their lead.

Atletico Madrid scored the most shots (24), but Manu Trigueros shot Villarreal into the lead in the 52nd minute, after a goalless first half. It didn’t take long for the hosts to react, with Luis Suarez converting Angel Correa into the back of the net in the 56th minute.

A few minutes later, Danjuma restored the Yellow Submarine’s lead with his first attack in the Spanish top flight, but it was not enough to seal the maximum points for Unai Emery’s team.

On the day of the meeting, Algerian right-back Aissa Mandi turned Saul Niguez’s cross with his head towards the back of his own net.

The goal of half-time denied Villarreal’s victory and it was their third draw in the Spanish top flight since the start of the season.

They started their league campaign with a goalless draw against Granada, followed by another goalless draw against Espanyol before Atletico Madrid kept them.

As Villarreal’s next league game against Alaves is postponed due to the international break, Emery will hope that Nigeria’s recovering winger Samuel Chukwueze will be available for their Uefa Champions League opening match against Atalanta on 14 September.

The Yellow Submarine sits 11th in the La Liga table with three points from three games, while Atletico Madrid is fifth with seven points after the same number of games.

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