Wednesday 22 October 2014

Atletico Madrid slip to Levante loss as La Liga title race heats up

Published 04/05/2014 | 18:12

Atletico de Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Belgium, left, and Diego Godin from Uruguay, center, stay on the ground after Levante scored a second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, on Sunday May 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Belgium, left, and Diego Godin from Uruguay, center, stay on the ground after Levante scored a second goal

Atletico Madrid squandered a chance to all-but wrap up their first La Liga title since 1996 when they crashed to a surprise 2-0 defeat at Levante on Sunday.

Victory for Atletico in Valencia would have meant they needed only a win at home to Malaga next weekend to secure top spot and render their final match at Barcelona the following week irrelevant.

However, an own goal from Filipe Luis in the seventh minute and a neat finish from David Barral 21 minutes from time meant Atletico failed to take advantage of Barca's 2-2 draw at home to Getafe on Saturday.

With two games left, Atletico lead on 88 points, three ahead of Barca. Real Madrid, on 82 points, have two games in hand ahead of their match against Valencia later on Sunday and a trip to Real Valladolid on Wednesday.

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