Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are in position to win the league in their next and final game, as Atletico Madrid slipped up and fell out of the title race.
In the previous few weeks following a Barcelona slump, all three Spanish clubs had been chasing each other on the pinnacle of the Spanish top division.
But this week, Atletico’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Levante meant that Diego Simeone’s team could no longer chase for the title, given that they lag behind Barca in terms of goal differences and points. Even a defeat for Barca in
All games kicked off at the same time, and Atletico were the ones to climb up to 88 points first as Fernando Torres clinched Atletico’s first away goal in under two minutes, running on to a through ball for a clinical finish.
However, the already relegated Levante were unwilling to give up. Clearly feeling the desire to let the home crowd go home with something, Victor Cadasesus’s header equalized the game in the 30th minute before Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench and came free to score a last-gasp winner for the host.
“Levante played a great match and was better than us,” Simeone said after the game.
“I can just congratulate them. We had some chances to score, but they defended well.”
On the other hand, there are no sign of problems for the superior Catalonians as Barcelona demolished their neighbours Espanyol by five goals to nil.
Their hallowed offensive trinity all put themselves in the scoresheet. Luis Suarez hoists himself even further for Pichichi glory as he increased his league tally to 37 goals with a brace against Espanyol, 4 above Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who also bagged a brace against Valencia.
Still, Los Blancos were a lot less comfortable with their victory, as a struggling Valencia were able to clinch 2 goals in the second half that kept the host on their toes.
Nonetheless, with the last 3 vital points they grab from the match, Real Madrid will be able to keep the title in contention until the final day of La Liga.