Levante vs. Atletico Madrid: 6 Things We Learned

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Levante vs. Atletico Madrid: 6 Things We Learned
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Levante were always likely to make awkward opponents for Atletico Madrid, and so it proved, with the title favourites falling to a 2-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon.

Atletico had lost two of their three previous visits to the Ciudad de Valencia and found the going just as tough this time around.

An own goal from Filipe Luis gifted Levante an early lead, and they rarely looked like surrendering their advantage thereafter. The home side defended deep, soaked up pressure and sporadically offered a threat on the counterattack.

Atletico lacked ideas and were foiled by Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas on the few occasions they did fashion opportunities of note. A second-half goal from David Barral subjected them to defeat and gave both Barcelona and Real Madrid reasons to be hopeful going into the final weeks of the season.

Here are six things we learned from Levante vs. Atletico Madrid.

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