Thanks to the Uruguay striker’s late penalty, Luis Suarez was the hero as La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid defeated Eibar 2-1.
In the 40th minute of Thursday’s game, Suarez hit his 10th league goal of the season, restoring parity after Eibar had taken an early lead from an unlikely source.
It was Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic who confidently converted the ensuing spot-kick, with Yannick Carrasco penalized for bundling into Yoshinori Muto.
Yet at the other end, Dmitrovic could not save a penalty, Suarez chipping home to claim a rather undeserved victory after Anaitz Arbilla needlessly dropped him.
Dmitrovic showed no hesitation in grabbing the ball for a player who had never previously scored a senior goal after Carrasco was adjudged to have fouled Muto.
His confidence was not misplaced, the goalkeeper sending counterpart Jan Oblak calmly with a cool left-footed finish the wrong way.
When he failed to collect a looping ball on his line, Dmitrovic was almost humiliated 11 minutes later, but Stefan Savic’s foul saved his blushes before Angel Correa hit the crossbar with a wicked volley.
Yet before the break, Atleti hit back, Suarez thumping in from a close angle following the error of Sergio Alvarez to pick up his 11th goal against Eibar in the LaLiga.
At half-time, Diego Simeone made a double change, initiated by Joao Felix and Lucas Torreira, while Kike Garcia could have restored Eibar’s lead if not for the brave lunge of Oblak.
After Pedro Bigas headed over from close range, Atleti finally gained a foothold, but it looked like Dmitrovic’s save from Joao Felix would be enough to win a point for Eibar.
However, with Arbilla’s sloppy tackle on Suarez allowing the former Barcelona star to wrap up the game, a chance he took in usually composed fashion, it was not to be.