The title battle in Spain becomes blood-loader by the week: Atlético Madrid has failed to take advantage of the Clásico won by Real Madrid. The leader of La Liga remained at 1-1 against number six Real Betis with pain and effort and remains at a minimum lead compared to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
After the 2-1 in Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano on Saturday evening, the Madrileen rivals were equal in points. Atlético — without the suspended Luis Suárez and Marcos Llorente — got the chance to walk away three points in Seville and also shot off the starting blocks: Yannick Carrasco showed up after five minutes for an empty target and moved the ball in cool air.
For a long time, the 0-1 lead did not stand: Christian Tello gave Atlético his twentieth countergoal of the season with a handsome volley. The guests escaped from number 21 shortly before rest: Emerson failed to shoot Betis at the head start. Atlético opposed an outage of Ángel Correa and a ‘just not-chance’ for João Félix.
After rest, not much was done for the goals for a long time, but in the course of the second half, the forces flowed away from Atlético, which was increasingly afflicted. Diego Lainez got the biggest chance, but Jan Oblak saved a point with a clever reflex. Claudio Bravo did the same in the extra time across the street, when Correa actually showed up for him. Atlético has one point ahead of Real Madrid and two points on Barça: the team of Diego Simeone is at the disadvantage of the city mate in terms of mutual results and is still playing against Barcelona on 9 May.