By Simple Okechukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic scored a penalty against Atletico Madrid on Thursday but a brace from Luis Suarez saw the La Liga leaders come from behind to win 2-1 at Ipurua.
Dmitrovic drove an early spot-kick past fellow goalkeeper Jan Oblak, only for Suarez to inspire the comeback, his second also a penalty which he earned himself and then converted in the 89th minute.
Dmitrovic said he was nominated as Eibar’s penalty taker by coach Jose Luis Mendilibar.
“The idea that I would take it came from Mendilibar — it was my turn today, but it’s a shame because it hasn’t been of any use,” Dmitrovic said.
“He took it because the others have missed,” said Mendilibar. “He will keep taking them until he misses, that’s the rule.”
He had Marcos Llorente’s pressing to thank for his equaliser but the second was almost entirely down to him, the 33-year-old chasing down a long punt downfield before tumbling over following a clumsy swing of the leg by Anaitz Arbilla.
Suarez chipped the penalty coolly down the middle.
“He takes responsibility,” said Diego Simeone. “He never leaves the game, he always plays with that intelligence that he has.”
“He is extraordinary,” Simeone added. “We’re glad he is with us.”
Atletico’s defeat by Cornella could have jolted their momentum. Instead, they have responded with two wins in the league, against Sevilla and now Eibar, who stay 15th.