Atlético de Madrid won on the lowest score against Elche (1-0), despite a penalty conceded at the end of the match. The Colchoneros take a little air at the top of La Liga, waiting for the matches of Real and Barça.
Atlético were hot and Jan Oblak will be able to embrace the uprights of the Elche stadium. As they led 1-0, the Colchoneros conceded a penalty in added time, ultimately pulled over the post by Fidel. A week after the misstep in Bilbao (2-1 defeat), Atlético de Madrid has therefore resumed its forward march against a relegation team.
Marcos Llorente, in this match, will have done almost everything, opening the scoring first in the first half. The Spanish midfielder, already decisive against Eibar and Huesca in recent matches, has now scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in La Liga this season. But it was he, too, who conceded the penalty at the very end of the match for an obvious hand in the middle of the box.
A royal weekend in a week
Atlético could have blamed themselves for dropping two points after largely dominating the first period. VAR even denied Luis Suarez a goal before canceling a penalty awarded by the match referee in the first 45 minutes. But all ended well for Diego Simeone’s men, which still looks a lot like the champion’s success.
With this success, Atlético is five points ahead of Real Madrid and Barça, who play on Saturday and Sunday evening. Seville, for its part, points to six units before playing Monday against Bilbao. The title fight remains open but Real and Barça, who both left points in their last game, are no longer allowed to make mistakes. Next weekend, the Barcelona-Atlético and Real Madrid-Sevilla shocks could decide the champion.