La Liga: Levante 2 – 0 Atlético
Atlético drop precious points in Valencia
Atlético Madrid’s second of consecutive road trips to Valencia resulted in a 2-0 loss to Levante. The home side were never dangerous, but won the game through an unfortunate own goal by Filipe Luís and through a series of saves by the excellent Keylor Navas.
Just 8 minutes into the game a corner by Levante came off of Filipe’s chest and bounced into the goal past a surprised Thibaut Courtois.
Atlético should have equalized a few minutes later, but Keylor Navas did well to block Raúl García’s shot, while David Villa wildly missed the rebound. Other than a strike by Toby Alderweireld later on that was all the Rojiblancos produced in the first half.
At half time Simeone introduced Arda Turan and Adrián, and Atleti immediately created a number of chances. Within the space of a minute, Arda had three chances to score, but on his first two attempts he was blocked while the third one was headed wide.
Filipe Luís nearly made up for his mistake, but his shot was blocked by the excellent David Navarro. And a few moments later Diego Costa came within inches of guiding in a Diego free kick, but the ball just wouldn’t go in for Atleti. And when the ball did end up between the posts, then there was always Keylor Navas to intervene, like he did magnificently to deny Toby Alderweireld again.
With twenty minutes left Levante scored from their first opportunity, when Víctor Casadesús and David Barral combined. The latter received the ball from the left wing and slotted the ball past Courtois.
Atleti didn’t give up yet, but Arda and Diego again found Navas in their way. Our best opportunity came in the 77th minute when Adrián found himself in a great position to score, but the forward curled the ball against the post.
There was another oppportunity late on, but Tiago fired just wide as the game ended 2-0. Atlético, with Real Madrid now two games behind, are still top of the league, but will most likely need to win the remaining two games to grab the la Liga title. With Sunday’s result even more will be on the line during our final game of the season at Camp Nou, when a Barcelona victory will see the Catalans jump over us in the table.
But first we have Málaga coming up next week at the Vicente Calderón. Partido a partido.
|Filipe (o.g.) 8'|
|Ciutat de València|
|04 May 2014|
|Raúl García (46')|