Real close on top spot after Atletico stumble again

Afp, Madrid

22 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Real Madrid are back within touching distance of the top of La Liga after they punished another Atletico Madrid slip against Levante on Saturday by beating Real Valladolid 1-0.

Atletico had the chance to stretch their lead to 11 points this week by winning back-to-back games against Levante but instead they followed a 1-1 draw on Wednesday with a surprise 2-0 loss, meaning a five-point advantage became only six.

Lionel Messi scored from a penalty in the first half but Alex Fernandez scored a late penalty goal as Cadiz held Barcelona for a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday. 

Real Madrid cranked up the pressure again by edging to a win over struggling Real Valladolid, Casemiro's second-half header cutting the gap to just three points, albeit with Atletico still owning a game in hand.

"It's not because Atletico lost. We believe we can win the league," said Casemiro.

"There are still 42 points left, that's a lot of points."

Atleti's defeat was only their second in the league this season and their first at the Wanda Metropolitano in any competition since Barca beat them there in December 2019.

 


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