Atletico Madrid slipped up once more in La Liga on Saturday as they failed to interrupt down 10-man Getafe in a goalless draw that provides additional encouragement to Barcelona and Actual Madrid within the title race.
Actual Madrid had earlier come from behind to beat Elche 2-1 due to a late double from Karim Benzema, with Atletico’s stalemate which means the hole is down to 6 factors between the town rivals.
Barcelona, in the meantime, can transfer to inside 4 factors of the leaders by beating backside membership Huesca on Monday night time.
Getafe had been lowered to 10 males when Allan Nyom was despatched off within the 70th minute earlier than Luis Suarez hit the put up and Moussa Dembele twice went shut throughout a interval of sustained Atletico stress.
However they failed to search out the of completion, which means Diego Simeone’s facet have now gained solely two of their final seven video games in all competitions, with a visit to Chelsea up subsequent on Wednesday within the Champions League.
Atletico will probably be trying to overturn a 1-Zero deficit at Stamford Bridge.
“We did every thing we might however the ball would not go in. We’ve to take some extent,” mentioned goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
“It was the sport I anticipated,” mentioned Simeone. “A degree remains to be a step forwards.”
Nyom was despatched off for a excessive deal with on Renan Lodi, with referee Jose Sanchez needing just one take a look at the replay to resolve a yellow card wanted to be upgraded to a purple.
Joao Felix had already had a purpose dominated out and with 20 minutes left and a person additional, Atletico poured ahead.
Dembele shot from shut vary however was denied by David Soria whereas Lodi made a multitude of ending Suarez’s cross to the again put up.
Suarez then went closest, a curling effort together with his left foot beating everybody solely to pop again off the put up. Dembele ought to have scored late on however headed extensive.
Benzema’s late equaliser salvaged a draw in opposition to Atletico final weekend and the Frenchman got here up trumps once more for Actual Madrid, an excellent shot flying in off the put up within the 91st minute to safe victory at Valdebebas.
“It was a fantastic purpose and it gained us three factors, so I am happier than ever,” he mentioned.
Sergio Ramos returned from a knee damage to make his first look since January, though the defender got here off shortly after an hour, which means his availability for Tuesday’s Champions League sport at house to Atalanta is probably not assured.
Eden Hazard, who has additionally been out since January, got here off the bench within the second half and will play in midweek, when Madrid will begin with a 1-Zero benefit from the primary leg.
– ‘Discovered the hole’ –
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric had been rested, maybe with that sport in thoughts, however each had been wanted by Zinedine Zidane earlier than the top.
And a change in system to a few on the again was not an apparent success as Zidane’s staff struggled to interrupt down an Elche facet that sit 17th.
“Towards groups that sit again, it is all the time troublesome,” mentioned Zidane. “We needed to discover a resolution and ultimately we discovered a niche.”
Madrid had been the higher staff within the first half however there was hardly an opportunity to indicate for it, the one actual opening falling to Benzema on the again put up.
Elche took the lead early within the second half. Ramos shielded his eyes as if fighting the solar and the nook discovered Dani Calvo, who climbed above Raphael Varane to go in off the crossbar.
Ramos, Isco and Fede Valverde made manner for Modric, Kroos and Rodrygo, and 10 minutes later Madrid had been degree. Modric collected a brief nook and swung a cross into the again put up, the place Benzema nodded in.
There have been 17 minutes left to discover a winner however it got here in injury-time. Benzema scooped the ball as much as Rodrygo on the sting of the world. He cushioned it again to the striker, who caught the ball within the air with an excellent shot that flew in off the far put up.