Without Arda Turan, Miranda and Radamel Falcao, the trio was suspended, Atlético dropped two points on their away trip to Mallorca.
The Rojiblancos seemed to get off the island with a scrappy win, but conceded a late goal after unfortunate defending by Filipe Luís.
Atlético had taken the lead through Raúl García, who was on the right place at the right time to profit from a spilled ball by Aouate, who couldn’t hang on to Diego Costa’s effort.
It was the 8th goal of the season for Raúl, who had hit the crossbar prior to his goal when he nearly headed in a Koke corner.
Koke was one of Atleti’s better players in what was otherwise an uneventful match. His set pieces provided danger throughout the match and the midfielder almost curled in a corner kick directly in the opening minutes. Later on Diego Godín and Tiago also connected with crosses from Koke, but they weren’t able to beat the excellent Aouate.
Midway through the first half Koke launched Diego Costa with a pass from midfield, but again the Colchoneros were denied by Dudu Aouate.
In the second half Atlético increased the pressure and pinned the home side down on its own half. Filipe twice found himself in an excellent position to score, but on both occasions he unsuccesfully tried to lay it off for one of his teammates.
Atleti seemed to get away with the three points when Raúl García scored a scrappy goal in the 73rd minute, but a few minutes before the end Mallorca tied up the score. For the first time in the game Atlético struggled to clear a dangerous situation and in an attempt to get rid of the ball Filipe passed the ball straight to Kevin García. The substitute didn’t hesitate and equalized with a shot from close range.
In the added time Mallorca nearly even got the win. In the final seconds of the game they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, from which Mexican prodigy Giovani Dos Santos hit the post.
And so on the Día de los Reyes Magos Atlético gifted two points to Mallorca, to get off to a disappointing start of the new year. On Thursday Simeone’s men will hope to do better when they take on Getafe in the return leg of the Copa del Rey in a match which kicks off at 19.30 CET.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Cata Díaz, Godín, Filipe; Raúl García, Gabi, Tiago, Koke; Adrián (“65 Adrián) and Diego Costa.
Goals: 0-1 Raúl García (“73); 1-1 Kevin (“87)