After Atlético Madrid stumbled within the Spanish league, Actual Madrid did not miss its probability to maneuver nearer to the highest.
Madrid gained 1-Zero at Valladolid on Saturday for its fourth consecutive win, whereas Atlético misplaced factors for the second straight match in a 2-Zero residence loss in opposition to Levante that ended its 11-game unbeaten streak within the league.
The outcomes left second-place Madrid inside three factors of Atlético, which stays with a recreation in hand however is beginning to really feel the warmth. Third-place Barcelona can transfer inside six factors of Atlético if it beats struggling Cádiz at residence on Sunday.
Casemiro scored with a 65th-minute header off a cross by Toni Kroos to provide Madrid the win two rounds earlier than it visits Atlético on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Madrid has been in a position to inch nearer to the highest regardless of enjoying with out a number of key gamers lately due to accidents, together with Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Eden Hazard.
None of them may play in Valladolid as Madrid withstood just a few threats however was largely in management in opposition to the hosts, that are winless in seven matches in all competitions and sit second-to-last within the 20-team standings.
“It was a terrific workforce effort as we have now some crucial gamers sidelined,” stated Casemiro, who had already come near opening the scoring with two different headers. “We’re nonetheless preventing for the league title. We all know it’s troublesome however there are nonetheless numerous matches to be performed.”
Greater than 1,000 dolls had been placed on the stands on the Valladolid stadium to advertise the struggle in opposition to youngsters’s most cancers. Sale proceeds go to an area hospital.
José Luis Morales scored within the 30th minute and Jorge de Frutos added one other purpose in stoppage time on the Metropolitano, handing Atlético its first league loss since December — and first at residence in additional than a yr.
Diego Simeone’s workforce has gained solely one among its final 4 league matches.
“I am not searching for excuses, we have to discover options,” Simeone stated. “It is pure that we are going to discover difficulties alongside our path. There will probably be challenges.”
It was the second consecutive league match between Atlético and Levante. They drew 1-1 on Wednesday in a recreation postponed from the second spherical due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Atlético had gained 9 of its final 11 league matches and hadn’t misplaced since a 1-Zero defeat at Actual Madrid in December. It had drawn two of its final three video games, with setbacks in opposition to Levante and Celta Vigo. Atlético was eradicated by third-division membership Cornellà within the second spherical of the Copa del Rey in January.
Atlético was unbeaten at residence within the league in 22 matches, since a 1-Zero loss to Barcelona in December 2019. It went 23 matches unbeaten at residence between 2013 and 2014, when it final gained the league.
“We’re the identical workforce that made it to the lead, so we must be able to holding on to it,” Atlético defender Mario Hermoso stated. “These slumps are regular, we simply must hope that ours will finish as quickly as potential.”
Levante, which lately made it to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the primary time in 86 years, hadn’t gained in 14 video games at Atlético within the league, with 13 losses and one draw. It had additionally gained at Actual Madrid 4 rounds in the past after going winless in its final eight away matches. Levante hadn’t gained two away matches in a row within the league since 2018.
It moved to eighth with Saturday’s win, its first in 4 matches in all competitions.
Atlético has a troublesome schedule forward, internet hosting Chelsea within the spherical of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday and enjoying Villarreal and Actual Madrid in its subsequent two Spanish league matches.
It was the seventh straight recreation through which Atlético conceded a purpose. It had scored in seven consecutive video games in all competitions.
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