Penalty kick saves Atletico Madrid’s chances in the Spanish title fight
Struggling Elche missed a penalty in the final seconds of the match, saving the fortunes of Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title competition.
By missing this kick in stoppage time on Saturday, Atletico Madrid kept their chances in the four-way fight for the La Liga title as he had a goal ahead of struggling Elche, winning the match with an orphan goal.
Marcos Llorente scored the only goal with a deflected shot in the 23rd minute, but caused a penalty kick in the 90th minute after touching the ball with his hand during Atletico’s defense of the narrow lead.
Elche midfielder Fidel Chubbies took the penalty kick, but the ball hit the post, leaving Diego Simeone’s side alive in the summit race while Elche remained in 18th, according to Reuters.
With this victory, Atletico raised its score to 76 points before 4 games to the end, 5 points behind Real Madrid, who are second-placed to host Osasuna later today, and third-placed Barcelona to visit Valencia on Sunday.