Another home game meant another disappointment for Atlético Madrid fans, as their former favourite Radamel Falcao came back to haunt them with a 92nd-minute equaliser from the penalty spot for Rayo Vallecano.
Here are three key stats from the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Álvaro Morata gave the home team the lead in the first half.
1.4 - Points per game at home this season
While Atlético’s away form this season has been, quite simply, magnificent, the form at home has been a stark contrast. And it seems to be going from bad to worse.
With this draw, Atleti have taken 1.4 points per game from five games with two wins, one draw and two defeats. This rate is the lowest since 2005/06, when Atleti recorded an abysmal 1.36 points per game at home in the Vicente Calderón and eventually finished 10th.
Home comforts are a thing of the past, and the intimidation of the Calderón is long gone. Rival teams are rocking up to the Metropolitano and thinking they’ll get away with points.
0/25 - Opposition fouls that saw a yellow card awarded
Across the last two games, it’s fair to say that Atleti can feel a little hard done by from the refereeing. From 25 fouls against, 0 yellow cards have been awarded to opposition players.
In comparison, Atleti have picked up 10 yellow cards from 28 fouls.
With one goal disallowed controversially by VAR and a penalty given against on Tuesday, it’s can also be said that decisions have simply not gone the Colchoneros’ way over the last few days, from either Jorge Figueroa Vázquez in Bilbao or Javier Iglesias Villanueva in Madrid.
“It leaves us with a bad taste in our mouth and, especially, I personally do not understand it at all,” Álvaro Morata raged post-match. “Why do they not even look at incidents our way, but when we defend in our area, they look at everything?”
3 - Shots from Matheus Cunha, more than any other player
No player managed more shots against Rayo Vallecano than substitute Matheus Cunha, who once again looked lively but also once again failed to find the back of the net.
Cunha remains without a goal since the 2-0 win over Elche on May 11th. Since then, he has taken 13 shots without scoring. They have totalled 2.03 xG.
The Brazil international really should have got on the scoresheet more recently than he has, and against Rayo, a goal from him off the bench could have changed the game entirely.
It does also raise a question mark of at what point Cunha’s record becomes a concern. He’s certainly creating chances and getting into good goalscoring positions, but Atlético can’t afford to allow so many attempts to slip.