Griezmann earns a point for Atletico

Atletico Madrid saw their slim title hopes drift further away after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor on Thursday.

Depor are desperately fighting for the lives at the wrong end of the table and they took the lead on home soil through Florin Andone after just 13 minutes to stun Diego Simeone's side.

It could have been worse for Atleti had the Galicians taken their numerous chances on the night and they were made to pay in the second half when Antoine Griezmann restored parity.

The visitors threatened just two minutes into the La Liga encounter, as Gabi forced a save out of German Lux with a strike from distance. But it was Pepe Mel's men who broke the deadlock 11 minutes later.

A dreadful goal-kick from Jan Oblak was collected by Andone, who advanced on goal before slotting inside the left post from 18 yards out to open the scoring.

The hosts created plenty more chances before half-time, but Emre Colak, Juanfran, Gael Kakuta, Celso Borges and Andone all failed to test Oblak, who was required to keep out an effort from Pedro Mosquera as the first half drew to a close.

Los Rojiblancos battled to assert themselves once more after the break and they created very little in the final third until Filipe Luis thumped a shot against the right post from 25 yards out on 68 minutes.

The danger wasn't over, however, as Griezmann traded passes with a couple of team-mates before sending a spectacular curling effort over Lux from long range to level the scoreline.

Andone then missed a golden opportunity to put Depor back in front when he headed wide from close range, while Fernando Torres was denied a potential winner by Lux 10 minutes from time as the two teams shared the spoils.

The stalemate sees Deportivo move one point clear of the relegation zone in 17th spot, while the capital club slipped 11 points off the league summit in fourth place.

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