Atlético title pursuit stalled by late Real Madrid equalizer

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Atlético Madrid conceded late to Real Madrid to attract 1-1 on Sunday and depart the league leaders at higher threat 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 objective for Atlético on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

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

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

Atlético is attempting to win its first league title since 2014. Either Barcelona or Madrid have gained the title each season since then.

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

Madrid, coming off a disappointing residence draw in opposition to Real Sociedad, had gained three in a row in opposition to Atlético in all competitions.

The match was performed with out followers however there was a big gathering of Atlético supporters exterior the stadium earlier than and in the course of the recreation. Their chants and objective celebration after Suárez scored could possibly be heard contained in the venue.

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

He couldn’t cease Benzema within the closing minutes, although, because the striker discovered the web from close to the penalty spot after a go 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 dealing with Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois inside the world after a go from Marcos Llorente.

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

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

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 residence — it misplaced 2-0 to Levante and drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo.

Madrid, in the meantime, had gained 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 misplaced 1-0 to Chelsea in its first leg within the European competitors.

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

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

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

THRILLER IN HUESCA

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.

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