Atletico Madrid Stumble Again To Keep La Liga Title Race Alive
Atletico Madrid gave fresh hope to their La Liga expression rivals on Saturday by losing 2-0 at home to Levante and missing the happen to magnify their six-point govern at the prime of the table.
The rout is only Atletico’s end in the league this season and their finest at the Wanda Metropolitano in any race since Barcelona lambaste them there in December 2019.
It style what could posses been a ruling 11-point benefit at the first of the table is now recognized six, with Real Madrid, the closest challengers, up against Real Valladolid next on Saturday.
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Due to rearranged fixtures, Atletico were facing Levante for the hindmost circumstance in four days, having already dropped two points castigate them in an away 1-1 design on Wednesday.
And Levante proved that was no fluke by going one better, their impressive victory inflicting another setback on Diego Simeone’s side, who bequeath retain to rediscover their air for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 boon leg at home to Chelsea.
Luis Suarez commit be up castigate English opposition again in midweek and the Uruguayan went closest to finding an equaliser, his bending free-kick in the modern half coming back off the post.
Suarez has now absent three union games without scoring for the first juncture this season.
Jose Luis Morales had already put Levante in appearance after half an hour and while Atletico huffed and puffed for most of the second half, they could not find a fashion through.
With goalkeeper Jan Oblak up for a cranny in injury-time, Jorge de Frutos made it two by launching into an open net.
Atletico obtain now misplaced seven group games without a spotless sheet, their longest run since Simeone became coach in 2011.
Another concern for Simeone leave the fitness of important defender Jose Gimenez, who had to go off injured in the final half, forging him a waver to frontage Chelsea in midweek.
They were given an early warning by Levante when one long canyon from Ruben Rochina was all it took to send Morales in on goal but despite a superb elite touch, the striker dribbled his finish wide.
But Morales found the entangle after half an hour, this occasion with a crumb of luck to support him. Geoffrey Kongodbia dangled a weakly leg into a challenge on the margin of the span and the ball fell to Morales to finish after a deflection from Felipe.
Gimenez waved to the bench to come off but for 20 minutes, Atletico launched an start on Levante’s goal.
Suarez’s curling free-kick hit the upright while Joao Felix twice failed to abbey from crosses fizzed in from the right.
Correa thought he had an equaliser, poking in after a scramble in the box, but the goal was ruled out for a dubious horrible by Suarez as he challenged for a orb in the air.
The chances dried up and Atletico grew desperate. Oblak ventured up for a last-gasp cranny but the globe was headed away and De Frutos capitalised to warrant victory.