September 15, 2018 / 1:41 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer: Teenager Garces saves Atletico's blushes against Eibar

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid vs Eibar - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - September 15, 2018 Atletico Madrid's Borja Garces Moreno celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid averted an embarrassing home defeat to minnows Eibar by drawing 1-1 thanks to a strike from teenage debutant Borja Garces deep in injury time but continued their poor start to the La Liga season.

Eibar, one of the smallest teams in the top flight, took a shock lead with three minutes remaining at the Wanda Metropolitano when striker Sergi Enrich stabbed the ball in from close range after soft goalkeeping from Jan Oblak.

Atletico had dominated proceedings but were frequently thwarted by Eibar’s Serbian keeper Marko Dmitrovic and it took the unlikely figure of academy graduate Garces, 19, to pull them level in the 94th minute, thumping the ball home after controlling a cut-back from Angel Correa.

Atletico have only five points from their opening four games while title rivals Barcelona could go seven points clear of them if they beat Real Sociedad later on Saturday, as could Real Madrid, who are in action at Athletic Bilbao.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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