Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix celebrates scoring their second goal against Villarreal with Luis Suarez at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal February 28, 2021. — AFP pic
Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix celebrates scoring their second goal against Villarreal with Luis Suarez at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal February 28, 2021. — AFP pic

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MADRID, Mar 1 — La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid secured a vital 2-0 win away to Villarreal on Sunday to reaffirm their title ambitions following a difficult run of results.

Diego Simeone’s side were smarting from twin defeats to Levante and Chelsea but went ahead in the 25th minute courtesy of an Alfonso Pedraza own goal following a goalmouth scramble, the strike being flagged offside then given after a VAR review.

Atletico survived another video review just before halftime when Thomas Lemar was shown a yellow card rather than a red for elbowing an opponent before record signing Joao Felix came off the bench to double their lead in the 69th on the volley.

A first win in four games in all competitions moved Atletico on to 58 points after 24 games, five clear of second-placed Barcelona, who have played 25, and six above third-placed Real Madrid. — Reuters



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