Advantage Atletico after patched-up Real Madrid held by Getafe

By People Daily
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their Spanish League match against SD Eibar on Sunday. Photo/AFP
In summary

Madrid, Monday

A depleted Real Madrid delivered a major boost to Atletico Madrid’s title hopes on Sunday by drawing 0-0 with Getafe in La Liga. 

Atletico had thrashed Eibar 5-0 to reignite their own fading challenge and their victory proved even more valuable after Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. 

It means Atletico extend their advantage at the top of the table from one to three points over Real while Barcelona, who now have a game in hand after winning the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, are five points back. 

Sevilla could yet join the race after they defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 but with six points separating them and Atletico, it remains more of an outside chance.

Real Madrid have enjoyed an incredible two weeks after beating Barcelona in the Clasico last weekend between knocking out Liverpool over two legs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

But a crippling list of injuries and absentees means the squad is down to its bare bones and this was the game that finally caught up with them. 

“I’m not worried,” said Zinedine Zidane. “There’s a lot going on, a lot of absentees, but it is what it is. We keep going.”       -AFP

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