Blog: Athletico Madrid's title race hindered by late Real Madrid's goal.

Athletico Madrid's title race hindered by late Real Madrid's goal.
  • 08 Mar, 2021
  • by Ben Collins

Athletico Madrid's title race hindered by late Real Madrid's goal.

Atletico Madrid took in a late Real Madrid's goal to draw 1-1 on Sunday and keep the league leaders at higher risk of being pursued in their race for the Spanish title.

Karim Benzema, back in Real Madrid's team after having an injury, found the back of the net in the 87th minute after Luis Suarez's opener for Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atletico Madrid was in charge of most of the game and wasted a lot of chances to double their lead, accounting for the chances in the end and throwing away its only chance to add its advantage at the top of the La Liga.

The draw kept Diego Simeone's squad five points ahead of Real Madrid and three points in front of second position  Barcelona, which took the victory at Osasuna on Saturday. Atlético Madrid has an outstanding game over both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Atlético Madrid is putting efforts to clinch their first league title since 2014. Either Barcelona or Real Madrid have won the league every season since 2014.

Atlético Madrid has not won Real Madrid in 10 consecutive league matches since 2016 only ending with five losses and five draws. They lost 2-0 at Real Madrid in the teams’ past meeting last year.

Real Madrid, recovering off a bad home draw against Real Sociedad, won three consecutively against Atlético Madrid in all competitions.

The match was played without spectators but there was a massive joint of Atlético Madrid fans outside the stadium before and during the game. Their celebrations after Luis Suárez found the back of the net could be heard inside the Wanda Metropolitano.

Luis Suárez, Atlético Madrid's top scorer with 17 goals, had not scored in five games in all competitions. The 34-year-old Uruguay striker who came from Barcelona this season moved within two goals of Lionel Messi, the league’s highest goal scorer this season.

Real Madrid struggled to gain charge in the second period but it was Atlético Madrid that kept posing threats the most in counterattacks, wasting several good scoring opportunities.

Real Madrid played with the absence of injured captain Sergio Ramos, while Atlético Madrid had the come back of defender Kieran Trippier after he finished a 10-game ban for going against betting rules.