Atletico Madrid 0-2 Levante: La Liga leaders lose first game at home this season

Atletico Madrid 0-2 Levante: La Liga leaders lose first game at home this season

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Levante's Luis Morales (second right)
Jose Luis Morales (second right) was a threat when Levante counter-attacked

Atletico Madrid’s grip of the lead at the top of La Liga loosened after a surprise home defeat by Levante.

Their second meeting against the Valencian side in a week was decided by Jose Luis Morales’ 30th-minute deflected strike and Jorge de Frutos’ stoppage-time effort.

Atletico, who created 28 efforts on goal, were thwarted by goalkeeper Dani Cardenas on several occasions.

Real Madrid later closed the gap to three points with a win at Valladolid.

Third place Barcelona, nine points adrift of Atletico, play Cadiz on Sunday at 13:00 GMT.

Levante’s 23-year-old keeper was in superb form, notably stopping Joao Felix’s strike from point-blank range before blocking a thumping half-volley from the Portuguese forward. He also scrambled across his goal to keep out a late low drive from Renan Lodi.

When Cardenas was beaten the post saved him, with Luis Suarez’s brilliant 30-yard free-kick thundering off the woodwork.

Levante were a threat during counter-attacks, especially in the first-half. Morales had missed a golden chance before he converted his second with a low strike that came off the leg of defender Felipe.

With seconds remaining, Levante scored their second. Atletico keeper Jan Oblak joined his team-mates for a corner, but was stranded when the visitors broke away with De Frutos finding the empty goal with a superb finish.

This was Levante’s first win at Atletico in the league, and it was also the first home league defeat for Diego Simeone’s side since December 2019.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Oblak
  • 2GiménezSubstituted forLemarat 54′minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 18Felipe
  • 22Hermoso
  • 14Llorente
  • 6KokeBooked at 70minsSubstituted forDembeleat 74′minutes
  • 4KondogbiaSubstituted forTorreiraat 61′minutes
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 10CorreaSubstituted forSánchezat 61′minutes
  • 7Sequeira
  • 9Suárez

Substitutes

  • 1Grbic
  • 5Torreira
  • 11Lemar
  • 19Dembele
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 27Camello
  • 28García
  • 29Sánchez

Levante

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 34CárdenasBooked at 69mins
  • 14Nunes VezoBooked at 36mins
  • 6Duarte
  • 4Suárez PierBooked at 90mins
  • 23Andújar MorenoSubstituted forHidalgoat 71′minutes
  • 12Malsa
  • 10Bardhi
  • 3García ArandaSubstituted forClercat 71′minutes
  • 16RochinaSubstituted forde Frutosat 62′minutes
  • 11MoralesSubstituted forVukcevicat 80′minutes
  • 7LeónSubstituted forGómez Alcónat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hidalgo
  • 9Martí
  • 13Fernández
  • 17Vukcevic
  • 18de Frutos
  • 19Clerc
  • 20Miramón
  • 21Gómez Alcón
  • 25Doukouré

Referee:
Mario Melero López

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Levante 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Levante 2.

  3. Goal! Atlético de Madrid 0, Levante 2. Jorge de Frutos (Levante) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

  4. Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rober Pier.

  5. Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Torreira.

  6. Attempt saved. Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross.

  7. Rober Pier (Levante) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Foul by Marcos Llorente (Atlético de Madrid).

  9. Carlos Clerc (Levante) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Felipe tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

  11. Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. Attempt saved. Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  13. Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Foul by Mickaël Malsa (Levante).

  15. Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Marcos Llorente tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

  16. João Félix (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Foul by Mickaël Malsa (Levante).

  18. Foul by João Félix (Atlético de Madrid).

  19. Mickaël Malsa (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Llorente with a cross.

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