Atletico Madrid traveled north to the Basque Country to take on Eibar to extend their lead to seven points at the top of La Liga. This season, Los Rojiblancos flew, holding a clean sheet in eleven of their last 15 and winning 12 of their last 13. They have flown in a season when Real Madrid and Barcelona have stuttered, and are good value for their lead.
On the other side, Eibar this season had a war on their hands. They sat in 15th position heading into the game, outperforming themselves even by being present in the Primera, but never having lost the mantle of being exceptionally hard to play against.
Remarkably, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 12th minute, and they did it through Marko Dmitrovic, their goalkeeper. He stepped up for the spot-kick and finished with aplomb before being mobbed by his teammates, heading hard left.
At the other end, a more familiar goalscorer got Atletico back on even terms five minutes before the break. If the shot-stopper is Dmitrovic, the shooter is Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan seized upon an Eibar mistake before powering off, branded past his best by the powers-at-be at Barcelona.
It was won by Suarez late on. Before stepping up to convert it without issues, he earned a penalty in the game’s dying minutes, winning his side an extra two points that could have huge repercussions in the title race.