LEVANTE 2-0 ATLETICO MADRID
Goals: Filipe Luis o.g. (7'), David Barral (69')
Atletico Madrid dropped crucial points in Valencia on Sunday, as they lost 2-0 against Levante in La Liga.
Filipe Luis's own goal after just seven minutes set Atletico back almost immediately, before David Barral took advantage of a moment's lapse in the Madrid defence to effectively seal the three points.
Diego Simeone's side looked somewhat jaded following the Champions League exploits in midweek, and the result means the title race is now almost certain to go down to the final weekend.
Below are ratings and analysis for the Atletico starters.
|Atletico Madrid Player Ratings|
|Player||Half-time rating||Full-time rating|
First half analysis
Thibaut Courtois: Left stranded for the goal, was otherwise safe under the ball.
Toby Alderweireld: Atletico's key outlet down the right, nearly beat Keylor Navas with a great shot.
Miranda: Defensively solid for most of the half, but could have done more for the goal.
Diego Godin: Again, could have done more to help clear the ball ahead of the opening goal.
Filipe Luis: Seemed to struggle to bounce back after scoring the own goal after seven minutes.
Gabi: His deliveries were consistently dangerous, without creating an equaliser.
Tiago: Snatched at arguably his side's best chance of the first half, in the first exchanges of the match.
Koke: Struggled to stamp his authority on the game as he did at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Raul Garcia: Tested Navas with one particularly good piece of skill.
David Villa: Nearly played Diego Costa in for an equaliser, but the offside flag thwarted the Brazilian.
Diego Costa: More of a nuisance than a genuine threat during an underwhelming first half.
Second half analysis
Thibaut Courtois: Could not bail out his side when they needed it—not a criticism, just an observation.
Toby Alderweireld: Less effective than in the first half, the Belgian unable to help turn things around.
Miranda: Could not help his side in the second half, dragged out of position for Barral's clincher.
Diego Godin: Was left pounding the ground in frustration after Barral's strike.
Filipe Luis: Never fully recovered from his own goal, but nearly made amends with a shot that was well blocked.
Gabi: Continued to toil without any tangible reward.
Tiago: Had another very good chance in the second half, but as it slipped narrowly wide it seemed to sum up his side's travails.
Koke: Looked very jaded following his mid-week exploits, and was eventually replaced by Diego Ribas.
Raul Garcia: Did not return at the break, as Arda Turan came on and changed his side's approach.
David Villa: Subbed at half-time for Adrian, who came closest to scoring in the second half.
Diego Costa: Continued to underperform, annoying opponents without creating any real danger.
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