Atletico close to the LaLiga title, Real Madrid clinging to hope and Barcelona losing at home
Atletico Madrid are just one victory away from the La Liga title victory after beating Osasuna 2-1, and Real Madrid stuck to their weak hope for the title with a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the 37th round of the League. In another match in the same round, Celta Vigo turned from delaying a goal to a 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou, to deepen the crisis of the Catalan team. Real Madrid kept their hopes for the title race alive after they beat Athletic Bilbao in San Mames, thanks to a goal by defender Nacho Fernandez in the second half. In the first half, with few opportunities, Real Madrid demanded a penalty kick, after Alvaro Odriozola crossed the ball that touched John Murcio’s arm, but referee Antonio Matteo Lahues indicated the continuation of the play. Bilbao almost opened the scoring before the break, but Alex Beringauer fired a free kick that went past the post to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The crossbar hit Casemiro after the break, before the Brazilian player sent a cross from the right side that Nacho turned from close range to the goal of the precious victory of Zinedine Zidane’s team. Substitute Raul Garcia, a Bilbao player, was sent off at the last minute, as tension increased in the atmosphere of the match. Real second-placed Real has 81 points, two points behind leaders Atlético de Madrid.