LaLiga: Leaders Atletico Madrid held to stalemate by Getafe, Actual Madrid shut hole with final gasp Karim Benzema winner

LaLiga: Leaders Atletico Madrid held to stalemate by Getafe, Actual Madrid shut hole with final gasp Karim Benzema winner

Actual Madrid had earlier come from behind to beat Elche 2-1, due to a late double from Karim Benzema, with Atletico’s stalemate that means the hole is down to 6 factors between the town rivals.

LaLiga: Leaders Atletico Madrid held to stalemate by Getafe, Real Madrid close gap with last gasp Karim Benzema winner

Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente (C) is offered a yellow card through the LaLiga soccer match between Getafe and Atletico Madrid on the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium. AFP

Madrid: Atletico Madrid slipped up once more in LaLiga on Saturday as they failed to interrupt down 10-man Getafe in a goalless draw that offers additional encouragement to Barcelona and Actual Madrid within the title race.

Actual Madrid had earlier come from behind to beat Elche 2-1, due to a late double from Karim Benzema, with Atletico’s stalemate that means the hole is down to 6 factors between the town rivals.

Barcelona, in the meantime, can transfer to inside 4 factors of the leaders by beating backside membership Huesca on Monday evening.

Getafe had been diminished to 10 males when Allan Nyom was despatched off within the seventieth minute earlier than Luis Suarez hit the submit and Moussa Dembele twice went shut throughout a interval of sustained Atletico stress.

However they failed to seek out the completion, that means Diego Simeone’s aspect have now gained solely two of their final seven video games in all competitions, with a visit to Chelsea up subsequent on Wednesday within the Champions League.

Atletico might be trying to overturn a 1-0 deficit at Stamford Bridge.

“We did all the things we may however the ball would not go in. We’ve to take some extent,” mentioned goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

“It was the sport I anticipated,” mentioned Simeone. “A degree continues to be a step ahead.”

Nyom was despatched off for a excessive sort out on Renan Lodi, with referee Jose Sanchez needing just one have a look at the replay to determine a yellow card wanted to be upgraded to a pink.

Joao Felix had already had a aim dominated out and with 20 minutes left and a person further, Atletico poured ahead.

Dembele shot from shut vary however was denied by David Soria whereas Lodi made a large number of ending Suarez’s cross to the again submit.

Suarez then went closest, a curling effort along with his left foot beating everybody solely to pop again off the submit. Dembele ought to have scored late on however headed huge.

Benzema’s late equaliser salvaged a draw in opposition to Atletico final weekend and the Frenchman got here up trumps once more for Actual Madrid, a superb shot flying in off the submit within the 91st minute to safe victory at Valdebebas.

LaLiga Leaders Atletico Madrid held to stalemate by Getafe Real Madrid close gap with last gasp Karim Benzema winner

Actual Madrid striker Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring the equaliser in opposition to Elche. AP 

“It was an attractive aim and it gained us three factors, so I am happier than ever,” he mentioned.

Sergio Ramos returned from a knee damage to make his first look since January, though the defender got here off shortly after an hour, that means his availability for Tuesday’s Champions League recreation at residence to Atalanta is probably not assured.

Eden Hazard, who has additionally been out since January, got here off the bench within the second half and will play in midweek, when Madrid will begin with a 1-0 benefit from the primary leg.

‘Discovered the hole’

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric had been rested, maybe with that recreation in thoughts, however each had been wanted by Zinedine Zidane earlier than the top.

And a change in system to 3 on the again was not an apparent success as Zidane’s group struggled to interrupt down an Elche aspect that sits seventeenth.

“In opposition to groups that sit again, it is all the time troublesome,” mentioned Zidane. “We needed to discover a resolution and in the long run we discovered a spot.”

Madrid had been the higher group within the first half however there was hardly an opportunity to point out for it, the one actual opening falling to Benzema on the again submit.

Elche took the lead early within the second half. Ramos shielded his eyes as if fighting the solar and the nook discovered Dani Calvo, who climbed above Raphael Varane to move in off the crossbar.

Ramos, Isco and Fede Valverde made means for Modric, Kroos and Rodrygo, and 10 minutes later Madrid had been degree. Modric collected a brief nook and swung a cross into the again submit, the place Benzema nodded in.

There have been 17 minutes left to discover a winner nevertheless it got here in injury-time. Benzema scooped the ball as much as Rodrygo on the sting of the realm. He cushioned it again to the striker, who caught the ball within the air with a superb shot that flew in off the far submit.

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