Liga: Atlético take advantage of Real Madrid’s draw to consolidate their first place



• Minimum service for the 500th of Simeone

Diego Simeone celebrated, this Wednesday evening, his 500th match on the bench of Atlético, in all competitions. His men gave him a 301st victory against neighbor Getafe. From the 14th minute, the French Thomas lemar had opened hostilities, finding the post. Then it didn’t take long to see his teammates open the scoring. At the 20th minute, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, on a free kick, dropped a ball on the head of Luis Suarez at the penalty spot, and the Uruguayan took the opportunity to score his eighth goal of the season. The Getafe commuters then secured a few opportunities, including through Mat of the head then in counterattack, but they did not manage to worry Jan Oblak. This 1-0 victory is Atlético’s 18th consecutive victory against Getafe. An impressive series during which the Colchoneros have never conceded a goal.

• Real come up against Elche’s defense

Real had the opportunity to chain a sixth consecutive victory in the league, but stumbled on the promoted Elche. Men from Zidane yet largely dominated the first period, confiscating the ball from their opponents, grouped in defense. From the 13th minute, Marcelo found the bar, on a half volley. But it’s finally Luka Modric who gave the advantage to the Merengue, by resuming a header from aAscencio deflected onto the crossbar (0-1). Elche was more dangerous in the second half, and equalized on the penalty, shot by Fidel Chaves, after Carvajal belted Barragan on a free kick, in front of the referee. Despite their occupation of the opposing camp, the Madrilenians did not manage to find the spaces to register the winning goal, and the entry ofEden Hazard, back from injury, nothing has changed. With this draw, Real Madrid are two points less than Atlético, who still have to play two postponed games.

In the other matches this Wednesday evening, Valencia lost to Granada (2-1) despite a goal of Kevin Gameiro, and Celta Vigo won 2-1 against Huesca.



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