Sunday, May 16, 2021

Atletico Madrid beats Elche to maintain La Liga lead

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Atletico Madrid got a huge let-off as Elche missed a 91st-minute penalty, allowing the La Liga leaders to escape with a 1-0 win and go five points clear at the top of the table.

Elche’s Fidel Chaves struck the post with his injury-time spot-kick in what could prove a pivotal moment in Spain’s thrilling title race, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla all still in the hunt to be crowned champions.

Marcos Llorente gave Atletico the lead at the Estadio Martinez Valero but failed to make the result secure and Elche twice could have equalised in the final minutes.