Atletico Madrid drop 2 points against Levante to offer Real and Barca hope in title race

Atletico dropped 2 more points as the La Liga title race heats up. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are chasing Atletico who have a 6 point lead at the top.

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Enis Bardhi scored the opening goal for Levante

Atletico Madrid dropped 2 more points as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Levante. Atletico have now dropped 4 points in their last 3 games reducing their lead to only 6 points.

Diego Simeone’s men are still top of the league and have a game in hand over second placed Real Madrid. Marcos Llorente equalized for the Rojiblancos after they went behind to a Enis bardhi strike in the 17th minute.   

Atletico Madrid have dropped 4 points in their last 3 games

Hosts Levante took a surprise lead in the 17th minute as they broke at pace before Jorge de Frutos played in Enis Bardhi to slot past a stranded Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal. Simeone’s side continued to dominate possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances until scoring a fortunate equaliser eight minutes before half-time.

Marcos Llorente’s speculative long range gave Atletico the equalizing goal in the 37th minute. Llorente’s strike took a huge deflection of Rober Pier and left Aitor Fernandez with no chance to save the goal.

Aitor Fernandez, the Levante keeper was awarded the man-of-the-match

Aitor Fernandez, the Levante goalkeeper was excellent in the match making a string of saves to keep the match level. He was later adjudged the man of the match. Angel Correa blasted a huge chance over the goal failing to give Atletico the lead.

Saul Niguez thought he had scored the winner in the final minutes but his goal was chalked off immediately due to an offside. Levante might have scored the winner a few minutes after Saul’s offside goal when Clerc fired in a effort at goal, but Oblak was resolute and denied the hosts.

Atletico face Levante yet again in the weekend and Simeone will want to avoid dropping more points. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are still in the title race as Atletico’s indifferent results continue in La Liga.

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