After three disappointing results in a row, Atlético Madrid has regained self-confidence. The leader of La Liga defeated subtopper Villarreal with 2-0, recovering the team of trainer Diego Simeone from home defeat last Tuesday in the Champions League against Chelsea (0-1). Earlier in February, the two competition duels with Levante earned only 1 point.
Atlético Madrid came ahead in the 25th minute. Defender Alfonso Pedraza of Villarreal got the goal to his name. Stefan Savic (Atlético) headed through him. Invaller João Félix decided the duel in the 69th minute with shot in the far corner. Afterwards, the tormented Portuguese, who often has to start on the couch, seemed to take off towards coach Simeone. Félix also barely cheered after his beautiful goal.
Atlético Madrid is now at 58 points. Thanks to a deserved victory at Seville (0-2), Barcelona climbed to second place with 53 points and a duel played more. Number three Real Madrid (52 points) plays at home against Real Sociedad on Monday and takes second place with a win.
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