La Liga: Atletico Madrid defeats Elche to go at the Top of the Table

La Liga: Elche vs Atletico Madrid: Head to Head Statistics, LIVE Streaming Link, teams, results, Date, Time, Match Facts; Diego Simeone

La Liga: Elche vs Atletico Madrid: Atletico Madrid defeated Elche to go at the top of the La Liga table. They scored in the 1st half and fortunately for them, Elche missed a penalty in the injury time to salvage a draw.

Fran Escriba made just 2 changes to the side that beat Levante last time. He brought Josema and Milla into the team while Piatti started from the bench and Mojica missed out due to injury.

Diego Simeone made 5 changes to the side that lost to Bilbao. Hermoso, Kondogbia, Lemar, Giminez, and Suarez all started this game.

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Atletico Madrid take the lead

5 minutes after their goal was disallowed by VAR, Fernando Llorente gave Diego Simeone’s men the lead in the 23rd minute.

Carrasco pulled the ball back into the penalty spot where Llorente was hovering unmarked. The Spaniard hit the ball the first time on the goal. The ball gets deflected Josema’s arm on the way through and that helps the ball past Gazzaniga in the back of the net.

VAR came into play again in the 45th minute. The referee pointed to the spot as Correa’s shot struck Gonzalez’ arm, it was a tight decision but VAR turns it around.

Elche get a last-minute penalty

The free-kick swung into the box by Rodriguez as he was looking for Piatta at the far post. Llorente threw his arm up to make the block ahead of him and the referee had no hesitation in pointing towards the penalty spot.

Fidel Chaves had the opportunity to salvage a draw for Elche but he missed his penalty and the match ended in a 1-0 win for Atletico Madrid.

La Liga Points Table

Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1  Atletico 34 23 7 4 39 76
2  Real Madrid 34 22 8 4 34 74
3  Barcelona 33 22 5 6 46 71
4  Sevilla 33 22 4 7 23 70
5  Real Sociedad 34 14 11 9 16 53
6  Betis 33 14 8 11 -3 50
7  Villarreal 33 12 13 8 12 49
8  Granada 33 13 6 14 -11 45
9  Celta Vigo 34 11 11 12 -5 44
10  Bilbao 33 10 12 11 7 42
11  Osasuna 34 10 10 14 -10 40
12  Levante 34 9 11 14 -10 38
13  Cadiz 33 9 10 14 -21 37
14  Valencia 33 8 12 13 -7 36
15  Getafe 33 8 10 15 -13 34
16  Alaves 34 7 10 17 -24 31
17  Huesca 34 6 12 16 -18 30
18  Valladolid 33 5 15 13 -14 30
19  Elche 34 6 12 16 -21 30
20  Eibar 34 5 11 18 -20 26