Sport Real Betis 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Oblak on top form again as Simeone's men return to LaLiga summit

01:16  12 april  2021
01:16  12 april  2021 Source:   goal.com

Sevilla 1-0 Atletico Madrid: LaLiga leaders slip up despite Oblak's penalty heroics

  Sevilla 1-0 Atletico Madrid: LaLiga leaders slip up despite Oblak's penalty heroics Atletico Madrid suffered a first LaLiga defeat in five matches as Marcos Acuna's header downed Diego Simeone's table toppers on Sunday.Atleti's lead could be cut to a solitary point if Barcelona beat Real Valladolid on Monday after Marcos Acuna's fine header handed fourth-placed Sevilla their first LaLiga win over the capital club since 2016.

3 Sergio Canales (DMC) Real Betis 6.0. 4 Jan Oblak (GK) Atletico 6.0. 5 Stefan Savic (DC) Atletico 6.0. 2 Claudio Bravo (GK) Real Betis 6.0. 3 Sergio Canales (DMC) Real Betis 6.0. 4 Jan Oblak (GK) Atletico 6.0. Last man tackle. Error lead to goal. Penalty scored. Betis - Ath Madrid 1 : 1 (0:1). 2 days ago.

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Atletico Madrid returned to the top of LaLiga, though only by a point, as they drew 1-1 with Real Betis in a thrilling encounter.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Jan Oblak was on top form for Atletico Madrid but could not stop Real Betis hitting back © AFP Jan Oblak was on top form for Atletico Madrid but could not stop Real Betis hitting back

Real Madrid leapfrogged their neighbours into top spot with Saturday's Clasico triumph over Barcelona, and in response Diego Simeone's Atletico made an ideal start against Betis on Sunday.

Yannick Carrasco scored their quickest goal of the season, timed at four minutes and 36 seconds. However, Cristian Tello struck back for European hopefuls Betis 15 minutes later, directing a wonderful volley into the bottom-right corner.

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Atletico . Victor Ruiz is suspended for Real Betis after picking up a milestone booking and will miss the weekend' s action. Sidnei is expected to come in to partner Aissa Mandi at centre-back, but Marc Bartra is also an option after returning to full fitness in recent weeks. Borja Iglesias is a doubt with a hip Luis Suarez is suspended for Atletico Madrid , but also has picked up a calf injury that will keep him sidelined until the end of the month. As a result, Joao Felix should be fit to start up top alongside Angel Correa after shaking off an ankle problem. Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcos Llorente are both banned

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Chasing four home wins in a row for the first time since April 2018, Betis had the better of the second half, though Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stood firm when called upon and his counterpart Claudio Bravo made a superb late stop from Angel Correa to preserve a deserved point.

An enthralling clash started full of promise. Joao Felix's delightful flick played in Correa, who beat the onrushing goalkeeper and squeezed a neat pass into Carrasco for a simple finish into an empty net.

Saul Niguez directed a close-range header straight at Bravo soon after, and Atleti were swiftly made to pay – Alex Moreno's cross brilliantly steered home by Tello.

Carrasco made a vital, goal-saving challenge on Emerson as half-time approached, and the Atleti scorer was in the thick of it again as he drilled into the side-netting from the resulting counter.

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- Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their six LaLiga home games against Real Betis under Diego Simeone (W5 D1), keeping a clean sheet in five of them. - Trujillo has made six changes to his side that beat Osasuna last time out. Barragan, Bartra and Sidnei all come into the back four as Feddal, Emerson and Mandi Diego Simeone' s men have been strong on home soil, beating Real Valladolid, Deportivo Alaves and Mallorca in their last three matches at the Wanda Metropolitano. However, they were held to a 1 - 1 draw by Celta Vigo last time out on the road and will be eager to get back to winning ways tonight.

Atlético Madrid 6–1 Granada (27 September 2020) Barcelona 5–2 Real Betis (7 November 2020) Levante 4–3 The 2020–21 La Liga season, also known as LaLiga Santander due to sponsorship reasons, is the 90th since its establishment. On 12 July 2020, Cádiz became the first side to mathematically be promoted, assured of a return to the top flight after a 1 – 1 . Atlético Madrid .

Having sustained a knock while on international duty with Portugal in March, Joao Felix was forced off injured here after a collision with Tello three minutes into the second half.

Atleti's frustration was almost compounded when Emerson met Nabil Fekir's cross, but Oblak was alert to the full-back's header.

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Jose Gimenez made an outstanding block to deny Aitor Ruibal, but it was the ever-reliable Oblak who proved Atleti's saviour.

Diego Lainez seemed all set to strike at the culmination of a sweeping Betis move, yet Oblak made a stunning save low to his left as Atleti went back to the top of the pile – Bravo's stoppage-time efforts at the other end denying the visitors all three points.

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After earning 24 points out of 24 in LaLiga between December 2020 and January 2021 (W8), Atleti have only taken 17 of the last 33 available (W4 D5 L2).

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Real Madrid moved top of LaLiga for the first time since November as goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos sealed a 2- 1 win over Barcelona in El Clasico. Fresh from their Champions League quarter-final first-leg triumph over Liverpool, Zinedine Zidane' s side started in blistering fashion and were two up inside the opening 30 minutes thanks to a sublime Benzema flick and deflected Kroos free-kick. The result means Los Blancos leapfrog Barca and neighbors Atletico Madrid to the league summit , although Diego Simeone' s side can reclaim top spot with just a draw against Real Betis on Sunday.

Having hung on through the second half, Atleti had opportunities to snatch a much-needed win late in the day but could not find a way beyond Bravo, and the title race is firmly on heading into the run-in.

Goalkeepers shine

What more can be said about Oblak? It seems that time and time again, he is coming up huge for Atleti, making another four saves in this game, with the pick of the bunch his remarkable stop from Lainez.

Determined not to be outdone, perhaps, Bravo then delivered for his side in the dying embers, stretching low to his right to keep out Correa's drive – one of three saves the former Barca and Manchester City goalkeeper made.

Injury blow for Joao Felix

Joao Felix missed last week's defeat to Sevilla through injury, but on his first LaLiga start since February, the youngster looked sharp in the first half. Indeed, it was his exceptional flicks which helped tee up Atleti's opener, though that was the only key pass he played.

A promising display was cut short just after the interval, with what may well be a recurrence of the issue sustained while on international duty. Atleti need him fit, as they have become too reliant on 19-goal Luis Suarez, who was absent on Sunday.

What's next?

Betis take on Valencia next Sunday, and Atleti take on Eibar in their next LaLiga meeting on the same day.

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