Soccer News: Simeone: Atlético not strong enough as Falcao penalty in stoppage time deprives them of victory

    Atlético Madrid head coach Diego Simeone felt his team paid the price for “insufficient strength” as Radamel Falcao’s penalty in the 92nd minute gave Rayo Vallecano a final 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

    Alvaro Morata’s strike in the first half seemed to be enough to give Atlético a fourth consecutive La Liga victory, despite missing several chances to add a second goal.

    They had to regret not taking advantage of these opportunities as the referee awarded a penalty after José Jiménez took a shot into the box from a header from Randy Ntek before Falcao converted the penalty, depriving his former team of the win.

    Simeone was frustrated by his team’s inability to complete the game. He told reporters: “We had good scoring chances to score the second goal and close the match.

    “The second goal was not scored and we are left in a situation where they can equalize.

    “In the second half we had a lot of counterattacks to finish the game, we didn’t convert a much needed second goal and lost two important points.”

    The two points lost that Simeone cited would leave Atlético just three points behind leaders Real Madrid, and the 52-year-old believes his players should be more ruthless in the future.

    When asked what his team did wrong against Rayo, Simeone replied: “Not strong.

    “If you collide with the goalkeeper several times, it must be a goal.

    “You have to improve strength and train it, and when this situation arises, you need to gain strength to finish.”

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