Real Madrid are up to three points close to their local rivals Atletico in the lead in the Spanish championship. The “Royal” prevailed 1-0 in the away game of the 24th round at Real Valladolid on Saturday evening, celebrated their third straight win and benefited from a surprising 2-0 home defeat by the leader against Levante. Atletico also has the advantage of having played one game less.
Casemiro headed the fourth real win en suite in the 65th minute after an ideal free-kick from Toni Kroos. Coach Zinedine Zidane was able to look forward to a successful dress rehearsal before the Champions League round of 16 first leg at Atalanta Bergamo on Wednesday.
Levante puts the next damper on Atletico
For Atletico, however, it put a damper. As with the 1-1 in the supplement on Wednesday, Levante could not be defeated. This time goals from Jose Luis Morales (30th) and Jorge de Frutos (95th) were decisive. In the previous nine rounds, they had eight wins and one draw.
FC Barcelona lurks behind the two Madrid clubs. The Catalans are already six points behind Real in third place, but also played two games less. Lionel Messi’s team welcomes FC Cadiz on Sunday.
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