After Tuesday night ‘s victory at Levante, Atletico Madrid jumped up above Seville and in La Liga to the third position.
In the 15th minute, Bruno Gonzalez’s own goal was enough for Los Rojiblancos to settle the game and seal a third consecutive victory. The victory was also a significant achievement for Atleti manager Diego Simeone, as it was his 194th place at the helm of the team in La Liga, equaling the career record of Luis Aragones.
Simeone ‘s team was in sixth place in La Liga when football resumed earlier this month after Europe’s prolonged three-month break and coronavirus outbreak but now climbed into the top above Getafe, Real Sociedad, and Sevilla. Despite a draw against the Bilbao Athletic Club in San Mames, Atleti has now secured three straight league matches to nil, recording a five-goal triumph at Osasuna as well as edging past Real Valladolid 1-0 at last weekend’s Wanda Metropolitano.
Despite a draw at Real Valladolid, Getafe lost more ground in La Liga ‘s battle of Champions League spots.
Jaime Mata opened the scoring for Jose Bordalas’ side four minutes before the break but, thanks to a penalty from Enes Unal, Valladolid won one point on the half-time line.
The result expands Getafe’s winless streak in La Liga to five matches – with four of those matches coming against sides in the bottom half of the table as their pursuit of a first-ever top-four finish was defeated as well. Despite their victory at Leganes in their first game back in La Liga since the extended pause after the coronavirus pandemic brought the competition to a halt, in three games Valladolid is still without a win.
We are now eight points clear of the drop zone and only seven-season matches are remaining.