Atletico put themselves in danger of throwing away the title on Sunday, as they fell to an away defeat to Levante, and their first defeat in 16 games.
They went behind early on, when defender Luis put through his own net from a corner. After a disappointing first half from Atletico, they would trail 1-0 at the break.
The second half didn’t bring a change of fortune for the league leaders, and Levante’s Barral punished them with 20 minutes to go for a big win and performance from their perspective. But just how much of a baring would Levante have on Atletico’s hopes of winning the title race?
Real Madrid were the late kick-off on Sunday, and went into their home game against Valencia knowing that Atletico had lost. Three points would prove massive, with a game in hand still to play.
Real started brightly, with Ronaldo and Benzema both going close to grabbing the opening goal. However despite their pressure, it would be Valencia who dealt the first blow when Mathieu nodded the visitors in front just before the half-time whistle.
Real’s response was strong, and just on the hour mark defender Ramos drew the hosts level from Ronaldo’s assist.
At this point, you would expect the next goal to come from the men in white, but it was the visitors in orange who, just six minutes later, got themselves back in front. Parejo’s control from the cross saw his shot nestle in the corner of Lopez’s goal and Valencia were back in control.
With time running out, it looked as though Real had wasted a golden opportunity to regain control in the title race. But in stoppage time, Ronaldo popped up with a sublime piece of skill to gain Real a point. He met Di Maria’s cross with an improvised finished with his back to goal, that still gives Real faint hope of regaining the La Liga title. But taking just one point from a possible three might just have spared Atletico’s blushes.
Barcelona themselves also stumbled this week, and are now reliant on their rivals dropping points to still be in with a chance of winning the title. A surprise home draw to a stubborn Getafe side who equalised in second half stoppage time, seems to have dealt another nail in the coffin of Barcelona’s title push, and secures Getafe a vital point down the bottom end of the table.
No teams were relegated this weekend, but any team from 11th place downwards are still not mathematically safe with two, and in some cases three matches still to play. Just two points separate 19th place from 15th.
Elche, Valladolid and Almeria all picked up vital wins this weekend to blow the relegation battle doors wide open, and cast the net over more teams of whom are still in possible danger. Osasuna’s loss to Celta Vigo this week looks very poorly timed with teams around them picking up crucial points.
Friday 2nd May
Rayo 0 Athletic 3
(San Jose 20, De Marcos 30, Herrera Aguera 74)
Saturday 3rd May
Barcelona 2 Getafe CF 2
(Messi 23, Sanchez 67, Lafita 37, 90+2)
Málaga 0 Elche 1
(Mendes Rodrigues 11, Rodriguez Martinez so.68, Botia so.82)
Osasuna 0 Celta Vigo 2
(Agudo Duran 20, 34)
Valladolid 1 Espanyol 0
(Rukavina 20, Afonso Fernandes so.72)
Sunday 4th May
Almería 3 Real Betis 2
(Diaz Gonzalez 52, Fernandez Saez so.53, Vidal Perreu 77, Azeez 90+4, Rodriguez 60, Sevilla Lopez 71)
Levante 2 Atlético Madrid 0
(Filipe Luis og.7, Barral 69)
Sevilla 0 Villarreal 0
Real Madrid 2 Valencia 2
(Ramos 59, Ronaldo 90+2, Mathieu 44, Parejo 65)
Monday 5th May
Real Sociedad vs Granada (9pm)