Atletico title pursuit stalled by late Madrid equalizer

Atlético Madrid conceded late to Real Madrid to attract 1-1 on Sunday and go away the league leaders at higher danger of being caught of their pursuit of the Spanish title.

Karim Benzema, again within the Madrid squad after an harm layoff, scored within the 87th minute after Luis Suárez’s early aim for Atlético on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atlético was in management a lot of the match and squandered a number of probabilities so as to add to its lead, paying the worth ultimately and losing its alternative to extend its benefit on the prime of the league.

The draw saved Diego Simeone’s workforce 5 factors in entrance of Madrid and solely three factors forward of second-place Barcelona, which received 2-0 at Osasuna on Saturday. Atlético has a recreation in hand over each Madrid and Barcelona.

Atlético is making an attempt to win its first league title since 2014. Either Barcelona or Madrid have received the title each season since then.

Atlético hasn’t overwhelmed Madrid in 10 straight league matches — since 2016 — with 5 losses and 5 attracts. It lost 2-0 at Madrid within the groups’ earlier encounter final year.

Madrid, coming off a disappointing dwelling draw towards Real Sociedad, had received three in a row towards Atlético in all competitions.

The match was performed with out followers however there was a big gathering of Atlético supporters outdoors the stadium earlier than and through the recreation. Their chants and aim celebration after Suárez scored may very well be heard contained in the venue.

They have been loudly heard close to the tip of the match when Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak made two very good close-range saves off consecutive makes an attempt by Benzema. Oblak additionally stopped the striker’s free kick try a number of moments later.

He could not cease Benzema within the last minutes, although, because the striker discovered the online from close to the penalty spot after a move by Casemiro in one of many few errors by the Atlético protection throughout the whole match.

Atlético began the sport urgent ahead and opened the scoring in a breakaway within the fifteenth minute. Suárez discovered the far nook with the skin of his proper foot whereas going through Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois inside the world after a move from Marcos Llorente.

Suárez, Atlético’s main scorer with 17 objectives, hadn’t discovered the online in 5 video games in all competitions. The 34-year-old Uruguay striker who joined from Barcelona this season moved inside two objectives of Messi, the league’s scoring chief this season.

Madrid tried to realize management within the second half but it surely was Atlético that saved threatening essentially the most in counterattacks, squandering a number of good scoring probabilities.

Madrid remained with out the injured captain Sergio Ramos, whereas Atlético had the return of defender Kieran Trippier after he accomplished a 10-game ban for breaking betting guidelines.

Atlético was coming off two consecutive setbacks within the league at dwelling — it lost 2-0 to Levante and drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo.

Madrid, in the meantime, had received 4 away matches in a row in all competitions, together with 1-0 at Atalanta within the first leg of the spherical of 16 of the Champions League. Atlético lost 1-0 to Chelsea in its first leg within the European competitors.

Atlético hadn’t scored within the final three league derbies towards Madrid, since Antoine Griezmann’s aim in early 2019. It has by no means gone 4 matches with no aim towards its rival.

Madrid has by no means lost in 4 visits to Atlético’s Metropolitano stadium within the league. It is the one league workforce unbeaten there.

The draw saved Simeone from breaking Luis Aragonés’ membership report of 308 wins as a coach.


Fran Beltrán scored a 76th-minute winner as Celta Vigo beat last-place Huesca 4-3 after twice squandering the lead.

Celta moved to eighth place, whereas Huesca stayed 4 factors from security.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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