Atletico Madrid held by Levante, moves 6 points in front of Real Madrid

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Atlético Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday in a Spanish league match postponed from the second spherical, a consequence that also prolonged its lead over Real Madrid to 6 points.

Seeking its first league title since 2014, Atlético nonetheless has a sport in hand in comparison with its metropolis rival. Diego Simeone’s group is unbeaten in 11 straight league matches however has drawn two of its final three.

The match had been postponed as Atlético and different groups got additional time to relaxation after taking part in European competitions later into final season as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic.

Atlético had gained 9 of its final 10 league matches, with the one setback a 2-2 residence draw in opposition to Celta Vigo two rounds in the past in a sport in which it conceded a late equalizer.

“It was a difficult opponent that has been playing well recently,” Simeone mentioned. “It was a fair result between two teams that played a good match.”

Levante took the lead by Enis Bardhi after a breakaway in the seventeenth minute. Marcos Llorente equalized for the guests in the thirty seventh with a shot from outdoors the world that deflected off a defender earlier than going in.

Ángel Correa had a terrific likelihood to attain the winner early in the second half however missed the online from shut vary with solely the goalkeeper to beat off the rebound of a shot by Luis Suárez.

Atlético ahead Saúl Ñíguez had a purpose disallowed for offside close to the top and Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a terrific save in the ultimate minutes to maintain the match stage.

“We had some clear chances but also could have lost the match at the end,” Simeone mentioned, noting that his group wants to enhance defensively after conceding eight targets in the final six matches.

Levante and Atlético will meet once more on Saturday in Madrid in the twenty fourth spherical.

Atlético has a troublesome schedule forward, with matches in opposition to Chelsea in the Champions League and Villarreal and Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

Simeone’s group noticed the return of João Félix after a optimistic coronavirus take a look at, although he began on the bench. Moussa Dembélé, Thomas Lemar and Héctor Herrera remained out as a result of of the virus. Defender José María Giménez was again in the squad after an damage.

Levante, sitting in eleventh place, hasn’t gained in its final seven league matches in opposition to Atlético, with 5 losses and two attracts. It is winless in the league since a victory at Real Madrid three rounds in the past, although it just lately made it to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the primary time in 86 years.

(*6*) Koke Resurrección made his 484th official look for Atlético to surpass Tomás Reñones and grow to be the participant with the second most matches in the membership’s historical past, behind the 550 of Adelardo Rodríguez.

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