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An injured Diego Godin scored a dramatic stoppage-time header, correctly allowed by VAR, to hand Atletico Madrid a stunning 3-2 comeback win at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano against an impressive Athletic Club.
The Uruguayan had to play as a makeshift forward in the closing stages as he could barely run and that proved an inspired decision by Diego Simeone as his captain nodded home with almost the last play of the game to hand Atletico a crucial win.
Defender Godin damaged his thigh trying to prevent Iñaki Williams scoring his second goal to put Athletic ahead after Thomas Partey had pulled Atleti level. Simeone had used all three substitutions by that point and told the Uruguayan to see the rest of the game out in attack and to do what he could rather than finishing out the game down a man.
That decision paid off handsomely as captain Godin plundered a stoppage-time winner after Rodrigo had leveled for a second time in the 80th minute. “In the Williams goal, I hurt myself in the sprint, I felt a sharp pain”, he told beIN Sports.
“I went to go off but Cholo [Simeone] told me to go up front. We are going crazy with the win and this makes us all happy, along with the fans. We fought to the end and we were rewarded”.
Simeone was also happy with what his injured star was able to accomplish. “When Diego got injured, the normal thing would be to take him off”, Simeone added. “But then we told him to go up. It is difficult to mark a player who is just standing. In the 1970s and 1980s, coaches did it”.