Atlético’s Correa scores from bench as VAR awards goal after he is taken off

  • Forward is replaced before goal is given in 1-1 draw with Getafe
  • Lionel Messi caps PSG comeback, Roma up to third in Serie A

The Atlético Madrid winger Ángel Correa achieved the rare feat of being awarded a goal while on the substitutes’ bench as Diego Simeone’s side drew 1-1 with Getafe.

After the hosts missed a number of chances to take a first-half lead at the Metropolitano, Correa fired home on the rebound in the 60th minute – but saw the assistant’s flag raised. The Argentinian was promptly substituted by Simeone only for the referee, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, to award the goal following a lengthy VAR review.

Ángel Correa scores in bizarre circumstances! 👀

The Argentine thinks he's scored until it's ruled out, he then gets subbed off and the goal is eventually given while he's sat on the bench! 🇦🇷

One of the strangest sequences you're likely to see 😂

— Viaplay Sports UK (@ViaplaySportsUK) February 4, 2023

That led to the unusual sight of Atlético players piling into the dugout to celebrate with Correa, who had already taken his seat on the bench. The goalscorer then watched on as his side failed to close out victory, with relegation-threatened Getafe claiming a point through Enes Unal’s late penalty after a Saúl Ñíguez handball.

“We didn’t score the second goal which would leave you calmer, and then gave away a penalty in a situation that was not dangerous. We need to keep improving,” Simeone told Dazn. “We tried in every way. Circumstances are sometimes unpredictable.”

Atlético stay in fourth and opened the gap to Villarreal and Real Betis, who both fell to surprise defeats. Elche finally earned their first win of the season at the 20th time of asking as Pere Milla’s hat-trick stunned Villarreal. In the late game, Celta Vigo boosted their survival hopes with a dramatic 4-3 victory in Seville.

Lionel Messi’s second-half winner helped Paris Saint-Germain recover from a poor start to extend their Ligue 1 lead to eight points with a 2-1 home win over Toulouse.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé both missed the game with injury, and PSG’s problems grew when Renato Sanches, in for the suspended Marco Verratti, left the pitch in tears after picking up an early thigh injury. Toulouse took the lead in the 20th minute, Branco van den Boomen beating Gianluigi Donnarumma with a fine-free kick.

Marquinhos then flicked a Messi free-kick on to the post before Achram Hakimi equalised before the break with a superb curled shot from outside the box. Messi produced a similar finish on the hour mark and almost added a third in stoppage time, only to hit the post.

Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates after scoring what proved to be PSG’s winner.
Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates after scoring what proved to be PSG’s winner. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

PSG lead second-placed Marseille, who host Nice on Sunday, by eight points with Lens, who visit Brest, a point further back in third. Lyon moved up to eighth with a welcome 3-1 win at Troyes, Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal securing victory. Lille rallied to win 3-1 at Rennes, Rémy Cabella volleying the visitors ahead with five minutes to go before André Gomes made the points safe in stoppage time.

In Serie A, Roma moved up to third after a flying start secured a 2-0 home win over Empoli. Roger Ibañez struck in the second minute, heading home from a corner before Tammy Abraham repeated the trick four minutes later to double Roma’s lead. The bottom club, Cremonese, remain winless after a 2-0 home defeat to Lecce.

Atalanta finished the game with nine men as their top-four hopes were hit by Sassuolo. Armand Laurienté scored a well-taken winner early in the second half, after Joakim Mæhle had been sent off before the break for a foul on Domenico Berardi. Atalanta could not respond, and Luis Muriel was sent off for dissent in stoppage time.


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