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Sport Atletico visit Valencia as they look to maintain title charge

14:06  26 november  2020
14:06  26 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Own goal gives dominant Atletico sixth straight La Liga win

  Own goal gives dominant Atletico sixth straight La Liga win Own goal gives dominant Atletico sixth straight La Liga winThe visitors had carved out chance after chance with no recompense until Yannick Carrasco cut into the box and his cross bounced off the flailing leg of Valencia defender Toni Lato and trickled into the net in the 79th minute.

Valencia , Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Atletico Madrid will continue its title charge on Sunday with a stern test against Valencia at the Mestalla. Diego Simeone's men have defied the odds by remaining in the title hunt this long, let alone topping the La Liga table with just four matches to play.

Atletico Madrid remains the team that represents even a challenge to reigning Spanish champions Barcelona in La Liga this season. Diego Simeone’s side will attempt to continue their title challenge when they host Leganes on Saturday afternoon. The team from the capital are seven points behind

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid will look to extend their advantage over La Liga title rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona when they travel to Valencia on Saturday.

Atleti, who remain the league's only unbeaten side, sit in second place - three points behind top of the table Real Sociedad having played two games fewer.

Crucially, they sit three points above Real having played a game less and nine ahead of a wobbling Barca - who they beat last weekend - with both sides playing eight times.

Diego Simeone will be without forwards Luis Suarez, who is isolating following a positive COVID-19 test, and Diego Costa, who has deep vein thrombosis.

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A third successive victory means Atlético maintain the gap to Barcelona The lively Cheryshev had the first effort for Valencia , a near-post volley which Jan Oblak just managed to beat away. Valencia looked set for another long evening in front of their demanding fans but replied four minutes later.

Full time: Valencia 1-3 Atlético Madrid. That’s that. Atlético move back to within eight points of Barcelona, while Valencia depart the field to whistles 87 mins: Alves, who looks to be exchanging a few terse gestures with the home fans, has made one world-class save, but let in two goals he really

The duo's absence was sorely felt on Wednesday night as Los Rojiblancos failed to break down a resolute Lokomotiv Moscow side to leave their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of this season's Champions League in the balance.

Opponents Valencia, who sit ninth, have coped admirably this campaign under new coach Javi Gracia despite huge amounts of upheaval on and off the pitch. They hammered Real 4-1 earlier this month and will hope to repeat the trick when Atleti visit.

The visitors have not won at Mestalla since 2016, however you have to go back to 2014 for the last time Valencia took three points off Atletico in La Liga.

Barcelona host Osasuna having won just one of their last six La Liga games with an ever-growing injury list of their own.

Atletico Madrid can still hurt Barcelona without Luis Suarez

  Atletico Madrid can still hurt Barcelona without Luis Suarez PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: Atletico still have LaLiga's best player on recent form in Joao Felix, there is a clear example of them coping without Suarez, and there is also the prospect of Diego Costa returning.If he was beginning to fancy his chances of breaking the duck this Saturday, then the news that Luis Suarez will miss the game because of a positive coronavirus test will have dampened his optimism.

This is looking like being a tasty title race, after Madrid were defeated by Valencia in midweek. For much of Sunday night, it looked like they were going It was a cunning ploy but, Luis Enrique claimed afterwards, one that might have come back to bite Atlético . He reckoned that the goals were aided by

Barcelona cantered to the title but couldn’t go unbeaten, the Madrid clubs each landed a European trophy and Real Betis were the great entertainers. Serie A’s bottom club Benevento started the new year as they finished the last one by picking up their second win in as many games.

Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti are all ruled out, while Sergio Busquets will undergo a late fitness test.

The Catalan side can ill-afford to slip further behind their rivals, having already lost to both teams this season. They will, however, take confidence from a dominant display in Europe, where they booked their place in the Champions League last-16 with a 4-0 win against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

Madrid, meanwhile, host Alaves in Saturday's late kick-off also shorn of a number of first team regulars.

Captain Sergio Ramos, midfielder Federico Valverde and forward Luka Jovic will definitely be absent for the visit of the Basque outfit, while doubts also remain over top scorer Karim Benzema and Casemiro's availability.

Elsewhere on Sunday night Real Sociedad host Villarreal as first meet third, and the weekend's action comes to a close as Eibar visit Real Betis on Monday.

(Editing by David Evans)

Atletico Madrid dealt further setback as Hector Herrera ruled out .
Hector Herrera has started five games for Atletico Madrid this term but will play no part against Barcelona after sustaining an injury.Diego Simeone's men are already set to be without Luis Suarez for Saturday's LaLiga game following his positive test for coronavirus while away on international duty with Uruguay.

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