Atlético puts itself back on track, crucial city derby coming

Atlético Madrid has bypassed a tricky cliff in his hunt for the first national title since 2014. Los Roijblancos don‘t exactly stand in blakende form, but stayed on to number seven Villarreal and won by El Submarino Amarillo with 0-2.

Atlético had been busy in the last few weeks to lose his generous lead over Real Madrid in record terms: three points were lost in the last four competition duels. In addition, the midweek Champions League match against Chelsea resulted in a shimmerless defeat. Also against Villarreal it was not very wholeheartedly. Both teams did not fail, but Atlético came up with a bit of luck: Sergio Asenjo managed to turn Stefan Savic’s head ball, but caramboated the ball through the back of Alfonso Pedraza over the line.

Halfway through Atlético Madrid leads 0-1 against Villarreal ¸ï¸The only goal so far was a debatable ðÿ§ #ZiggoSport #LaLiga #VILATM
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Atlético thus got ahead of his own goal and escaped a red card at a stroke of rest: the VAR saw a slapping movement by Thomas Lemar, who came off with a yellow card. In the second half it was a little easier for the front runner, who reached a reassuring margin twenty minutes before: João Félix fixed the 0-2 final position with a tight slider from the second line.
Simeone and his two are now five points ahead of FC Barcelona — and one more match — and six at Real Madrid. On Sunday 7 March it has to happen in Wanda Metropolitano: then the city mates of Madrid will face each other. Real Madrid won the derby earlier this season with 2-0: mutual result goes in Spain for goal balance.

Ðÿ¡ Atlético Madrid comes to 0-2 thanks to João Félix, who seems to have a message to Diego Simeone… #ZiggoSport #LaLiga #VILATM
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