The Atlético de Madrid took a leap forward to the LaLiga Santander title on Wednesday, took advantage of the Barcelona puncture on his visit to Levante (3-3) Y beat Real Sociedad (2-1) to distance themselves to four points from the azulgrana team and five from Real Madrid, which has a pending match, this Thursday in Granada.
While Barcelona blew themselves up with an unexpected draw against a team that did not play anything and after wasting a 0-2 in favor, Atlético fulfilled a complicated a priori commitment but correctly resolved by Diego Simeone’s men.
If Real Madrid lose against Granada this Thursday, the calculator to close the alirón will start to spark in the last two days. With six points at stake, the distance would be almost insurmountable for the other two candidates whose candidacy is hanging by a thread. They would need a miracle.
But before starting the calculations, Atlético did half the work against Real Sociedad, which still had not tied one of the two direct spots to the Europa League with Villarreal lurking from the seventh position. The Basque team wants to get rid of the discomfort of competing in the previous rounds of the Europa League and has not yet solved that problem. The blame was on a consistent red-and-white first half, in which Belgian Yannick Carrasco and Argentine Ángel Correa overtook Atlético, who later held the lead with three worthwhile interventions by Slovenian Jan Oblak, especially an opportunity from Swede Alexander Isak.
In the second half, the rojiblanco’s third goal was closer than the first for Real Sociedad and Atlético remained firm except in the last stretch of the duel. The both of Igor Zubeldia in the end, with ten minutes to go, he fed some ghosts that finally did not appear for Atlético to ride straight to the title. Only 180 minutes separate him from what would be his eleventh trophy.
Sevilla, which was a candidate until the beginning of this day, has already mathematically ceased to be so. Despite their 1-0 victory against Valencia, they are six points behind with two points at stake and with the criterion of direct confrontation against Atlético lost.
Julen Lopetegui’s players have fought to the end, their season is outstanding, nobody can put any “but” to their performance. And, against Valencia, they stopped being candidates with honor, with another victory cemented by the Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal in the second half that leaves Sevilla within a record-breaking shot.
With two more points, they will surpass the historic mark of 76 that Unai Emery’s Sevilla achieved in the 2014/15 season. They will have to sweat it: the next day they will face Villarreal, finalist of the Europa League and will close the tournament at home against Alavés, who could play the relegation. His latest victim, Valencia, will continue without closing salvation if Valladolid beat Villarreal this Thursday.
In the fight for relegation, Getafe has fully gotten involved. José Bordalás’s team is in a tremendous and unexpected mess not long ago. His dynamics, very erratic with 11 points out of the last 58 possible, have caused him to end the day with one of the Second Division. Nor is luck accompanying him. Celta defeated him 1-0, with a single shot on goal, which Nolito did with success in the first half, which was enough for the Galician team to stay in the fight for Europe. Getafe, desperate, did not take advantage of up to four clear occasions, two of them in the boots of Ángel Rodríguez, and, with that entrenched problem of lack of goal, already sees the wolf’s ears. And more with the victory of Huesca, which resists losing the category. Pacheta’s work is commendable. From taking the controls of an evicted team, he has gone on to remove him from relegation with two days to go as long as Valladolid does not win their game this Thursday. With the help of Unai Simón, he beat Athletic 1-0, which is already roaming LaLiga awaiting its end. The Basque goalkeeper did justice on the scoreboard, leading to Sandro Ramírez’s goal in the second half. Before, Huesca had many occasions that they did not know how to take advantage of and, in the end, an easy shot by Sandro escaped from Unai Simón’s hands to give Huesca three points that can be key in the fight for permanence.