Real Madrid took advantage of the defeat earlier on the day of leader Atlético in the Spanish football league on Saturday night. The team of trainer Zinedine Zidane won with 1-0 at Real Valladolid and reduced the gap on the city companion to 3 points, but played more with a match. Meanwhile Jasper Cillessen made his return at Valencia (2-0 profit) after a long injury statement.
Real was twice confident via Mariano Diaz in the first half, but both goals were rejected because of offside play. Shortly after rest, the home club got a great opportunity after a clumsy with Real defender Ferland Mendy, who defended with a high ball through the middle, but shot the ball in the feet of striker Fabián Orellana of Valladolid. However, he came across goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Casemiro reached the goal in the 65th minute from a free kick of Toni Kroos.
Atlético went down Saturday afternoon in his own house with 2-0 against Levante. Visitors who played against the team of coach Diego Simeone this week, came up after half an hour. A shot by José Luis Morales, which had changed direction, ended up in the target of the Madrians.
After rest, Atlético went in search of the equalizer. There were opportunities and even a hit was rejected, but there was no scoring. In the final phase, Jorge de Frutos signed before Levante‘s second hit after Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak had joined the front to force the equalizer.
Moussa Dembélé, who made his debut, did not make the difference for the team from Madrid. The French attacker, rented from Olympique Lyon, has only just been employed by the Spanish leader. In January he was picked up as a successor to the departed striker Diego Costa, but corona threw soot into the food so he didn’t get to play.
After a series of eight victories in a row, the last four duels were won only once, played twice and now lost. Atlético has left 7 points in the last four competition duels and sees Real and FC Barcelona getting closer. Barcelona, the team of trainer Ronald Koeman, plays against Cádiz on Sunday and can reach 6 points from Atlético.
Winnings Valencia at return Cillessen
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen helped Valencia win his return. The 31-year-old goalkeeper kept his target clean in the home game against Celta. Against nine players from Celta, Valencia managed to strike deep in the injury time through hits by the invaders Manu Vallejo and Kevin Gameiro: 2-0. With the visitors Rubén Blanca was sent off the field after an hour of play with red, just before time Nolito got red.
Cillessen was lying out of the rag basket for three months, after he suffered a muscle injury in his right thigh during a workout in early November, for which he had to be operated. Jaume Domenech was already preferred to Cillessen for the injury, but now the Dutchman made his first minutes of the season.
The return of Cillessen is good news for national coach Frank de Boer in view of the European Championships next summer. Cillessen is normally the number 1 for the Dutch team.
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