Atletico Madrid salvage steadied the ship in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Villarreal to be 5 points definite on the top of the standings.
An bear-aim by Alfonso Pedraza in the important thing half and a aim by replace Joao Felix in the 2nd helped Atletico discontinuance a 3-game winless slump and rebuild their lead over 2nd-instruct Barcelona – who they’ve a game in quit.
Third-instruct Exact Madrid can salvage back to within three points of Atletico with a win against fifth-instruct Exact Sociedad at dwelling in Monday’s game.
Atletico hosts Madrid in the city derby subsequent Sunday.
Diego Simeone’s group were coming off a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the important thing leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
It also misplaced 2-0 to Levante at dwelling in the Spanish league, and had beforehand drawn with Levante in a league match postponed from the 2nd round thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It used to be a truly crucial victory,” Atletico defender Stefan Savic mentioned.
“We were coming off a injurious slump of outcomes and the group spoke back neatly. That’s what makes me gay.”
It used to be Atletico’s first neat sheet after eight fits, which had marked their worst slump conceding goals since Simeone arrived in slow 2011.
Unai Emery’s Villarreal, winless in six consecutive league games, drop to seventh.
Atletico went ahead in the 25th minute after Savic’s header used to be saved by Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo however the ball ricocheted off Pedraza and went in.
The aim used to be initially disallowed for offside however later confirmed by video review.
Felix, who currently used to be sidelined for testing distinct for COVID-19, scored his first aim since January with a low shot from inside the enviornment in the 69th.
Colombian defender Jeison Murillo scored in the final minute of stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 blueprint for mid-table Celta Vigo against relegation-threatened Valladolid.
Eighth-instruct Granada ended a six-match winless slump by beating 2nd-to-remaining-instruct Elche 2-1.
Juanmi Jimenez scored in the 84th as Exact Betis received 1-0 at Cadiz for a third win in a row that has the victors sitting sixth.