Atletico Madrid maintain slender La Liga lead after hard fought away win against Elche

Real Madrid beat Osasuna courtesy of two late goals by Eder Militao and Casemiro at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium on Saturday to keep in touch with the league leaders.

Atletico Madrid beat Elche 0-1 courtesy of a Marcos Llorente goal; Credit: Twitter/@atletienglish

Atletico Madrid beat relegation-threatened Elche at the Manuel Martinez Valero on Saturday, courtesy of a 23rd minute goal by Marcos Llorente. The win helped Atletico Madrid to keep their two-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid. Real beat Osasuna at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium on the same day to keep themselves within touching distance of Atletico. In another match of the day, bottom-placed Eibar beat Deportivo Alaves at home to keep themselves alive in the race for survival.

Marcos Llorente scored the only goal of the match after some fine work down the left flank from Yannick Carrasco. Carrasco’s cut back found Llorente inside the box, whose shot deflected off an Elche player before going past goalkeeper Gazzaniga.

Minutes before the goal, Luiz Suarez had a goal disallowed for a tight off-side. After the goal, Atletico Madrid went on the defensive mode. And, they nearly paid for it in the dying minutes of the game. Elche got a penalty after Llorente handled the ball inside the penalty area. Fidel Chaves stepped up to take the spot kick but missed it and Diego Simeone breathed a sigh of relief in the injury time.

Elche are 19th in the points table with 30 points from 34 games.

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid in title photo finish

The win kept Atletico on top of the league table with 76 points from 34 games. Just two points above second-placed Real Madrid, who beat Osasuna 2-0 on the same day. Zinedine Zidane’s side won the match courtesy of two late goals from Eder Militao and Casemiro.

Center back Militao headed in the first goal from Isco Alarcon’s left-wing corner in the 26th minute. Four minutes later, Brazilian midfielder sealed the three points for Los Bancos. Karim Benzema’s through ball deflected off Casemiro to go past Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera.

Eden Hazard started his first match after returning from injury. Zidane rested Luka Modric and Toni Kroos keeping an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg fixture at Stamford Bridge.

It was Osasuna’s second consecutive loss in the league and they are placed 11th in the points table with 40 points from 34 games.

RACE FOR SURVIVAL

Bottom placed Eibar beat Alaves 3-0 at home on Saturday courtesy of a hat-trick from Kike. The win took Eibar to 26 points from 34 games, four points adrift survival with four games remaining to play. Four of the five teams in the bottom of the table are separated by just one point.




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