Levante 1-1 Atletico Madrid

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Levante 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Marcos Llorente earns Diego Simeone’s side a draw as they miss the chance to go eight points clear at the top of LaLiga
Atletico Madrid came from behind to draw 1-1 with Levante on Wednesday night
Marcos Llorente levelled for Atletico after Enis Bardi put the home side ahead
Diego Simeone’s side missed the chance to go eight points clear of Real Madrid

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid offered new hope to Real Madrid and Barcelona of getting back into the title race after they could only draw 1-1 at Levante on Wednesday.

Levante went ahead in the 17th minute against the run of play after their group pressing helped win the ball and Jorge de Frutos accelerated down the pitch before he passed to Enis Bardhi who pulled off a composed finish.

Atletico levelled shortly before the break with a speculative shot from Marcos Llorente which took a heavy deflection off the head of Levante defender Rober Pier to wrong-foot keeper Aitor Fernandez.

The game, postponed from the start of the season, offered Atletico the chance to peel further away from nearest challengers Real Madrid but a second draw in three games only moved them on to 55 points.

They are still in the driving seat for a first title since 2014, however, leading Real by six points and with a game in hand. Barca are third on 46.

‘We don’t look at the points difference, we’ve gained a point today and we don’t care about the gap, we’ll just keep focusing on winning each game,’ said Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.

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