Madrid: With the Spanish league title in sight, Atlético Madrid made sure it didn’t falter.
Gritty and determined, Diego Simeone’s team moved closer to ending its title drought in Spain with a 2-1 home win against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, taking a major step toward securing its first league trophy since 2014.
Simeone punched the air as he raced from the bench to the tunnel after the final whistle, and some of the hundreds of fans who supported the team from outside the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium set off fireworks to celebrate the crucial win. “We could hear them,” said Atlético captain Koke Resurrección, who played his 500th match for the club.
“There are two games left but that’s a lot. Everyone is losing points in this league. We have two finals ahead of us.” Yannick Carrasco and Ángel Correa scored a goal each in the first half and Atlético held on after conceding late to open a four-point lead over Barcelona with two rounds to go. The Catalan club had stumbled again on Tuesday, being held to a 3-3 draw at Levante to see its title chances dwindle.
Atlético is five points ahead of Real Madrid, which can get back within two points if it wins at Granada. If Madrid draws or loses, a home victory on Sunday against 11th-place Osasuna will be enough to give Atlético the league title after a seven-year wait. Atlético supporters will have to remain outside the Metropolitano for the possible title-clincher on Sunday as only some regions in Spain will be allowed to have limited crowds in stadiums, the government said earlier on Wednesday.
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