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Madrid fail to fully capitalise on Atlético slip

Published: Sunday 4 May 2014, 23.05CET
Club Atlético de Madrid suffered a major setback as a 2-0 defeat at Levante UD though Real Madrid CF – like FC Barcelona – failed to make the most of it as they were held 2-2.
Madrid fail to fully capitalise on Atlético slip
Levante celebrate their win against Atlético ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 4 May 2014, 23.05CET

Madrid fail to fully capitalise on Atlético slip

Club Atlético de Madrid suffered a major setback as a 2-0 defeat at Levante UD though Real Madrid CF – like FC Barcelona – failed to make the most of it as they were held 2-2.

Club Atlético de Madrid's title ambitions suffered a major dent as they slipped to a shock 2-0 defeat at Levante UD, though Real Madrid CF could not make the most of the opportunity.

Diego Simeone's men arrived in Valencia with confidence high following Wednesday's victory at Stamford Bridge, but they were soon brought back down to earth as the unwitting Filipe Luis diverted Pape Diop's low corner into his own net. Atlético made much of the running thereafter, a double change at the break adding fresh impetus, yet it was Levante who struck next, David Barral making it 2-0 from close range on 69 minutes.

Atlético frustrations continued when Adrián López clipped the upright, and the capital side's first defeat in 16 outings will leave Madrid and FC Barcelona, who drew 2-2 with Getafe CF on Saturday, hoping the leaders can still be caught. Madrid could not capitalise in Sunday's late game, though, and were indebted to Cristiano Ronaldo's late goal for earning a share of the spoils at home to Valencia CF.

The visitors had twice led, with ex-Madrid man Daniel Parejo restoring the lead having earlier set up Jérémy Mathieu (he also hit the woodwork). Sergio Ramos made it 1-1, his fourth goal in nine days, and Ronaldo claimed a point. The title race remains in the Rojiblancos' hands, though – win their two remaining games and, by dint of their superior head-to-head record over Madrid, they will be champions.

At the other end of the table, UD Almería also took control of their own destiny with a second successive victory. It could so nearly have been ruinous defeat, however, as they were down to ten men and trailing relegated Real Betis Balompié 2-1 with 13 minutes left. Aleix Vidal Parreu equalised, paving the way for Ramón Azeez's crucial 94th-minute winner.

The game between seventh-placed Villarreal CF and UEFA Europa League finalists Sevilla FC, in fifth, ended 0-0.

Last updated: 05/05/14 1.45CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/05/2014 22:57 CET

04/05/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid2-2ValenciaValencia

Ramos 59, Ronaldo 90+2

Mathieu 44, Parejo 65

Venue: Madrid

04/05/2014

SevillaSevilla0-0VillarrealVillarreal

Venue: Sevilla

04/05/2014

LevanteLevante2-0AtléticoAtlético

Filipe Luís 7 (og), Barral 69

Venue: Valencia

04/05/2014

AlmeríaAlmería3-2BetisBetis

Diaz 52, Vidal Parreu 77, Azeez 90+4

Rodríguez 60, Sevilla 71

Venue: Almeria

03/05/2014

ValladolidValladolid1-0EspanyolEspanyol

Rukavina 20

Venue: Valladolid

03/05/2014

OsasunaOsasuna0-2CeltaCelta

Nolito 20, 34

Venue: Pamplona

03/05/2014

MálagaMálaga0-1ElcheElche

Rodrigues 11

Venue: Malaga

03/05/2014

BarcelonaBarcelona2-2GetafeGetafe

Messi 23, Alexis Sánchez 67

Lafita 37, 90+2

Venue: Barcelona

02/05/2014

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-3AthleticAthletic

San José 20, De Marcos 30, Ander Herrera 74

Venue: Madrid

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