Atletico Madrid’s recent form wobble continued when they suffered a first loss in 12 league games after a 2-0 home loss to Levante.
The La Liga leaders have only scored five points in four games in February. Jose Luis Morales gave the visitors the lead after half an hour with a deflected goal from the box to deceive goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Jorge de Frutos tapped into an empty net and scored the second goal in stoppage time after Oblak dared to take a corner.
Atletico struggled in the second half trying to avoid a first division loss since December, but Levante goalkeeper Daniel Cardenas scored a total of 10 saves, including an excellent late stop to deny substitute Thomas Lemar.
Luis Suarez hit the post with a vicious free kick, Angel Correa saw a goal disqualified for a foul by Suarez and Joao Felix missed two gold-rimmed chances for an Atletico side who scored 28 shots on goal.
Real Madrid take advantage
real Madrid The gap to city rivals Atletico was reduced to three points thanks to a largely unforgettable 1-0 win Real Valladolid.
A game that seldom threatened to start never did and was settled by Casemiro’s header in the second half.
It might have been a different story, but Thibaut Courtois had an excellent brace early on when the hosts started the game on the front foot.
That was as good as it was for the LaLiga second place team, however, and after Madrid took the lead it just ran the clock down and drove up to three valuable points.
Zinedine Zidane’s side remain second in the table but benefit from Levante defeating leaders Atletico Madrid on Saturday despite Diego Simeone’s men having one game in hand. Meanwhile, Barcelona will be six points behind Atletico when they face Cadiz on Sunday.
In La Liga’s early game Moose gave their hopes of survival a shot in the arm with a 1-0 win Eibar. Dani Calvo’s goal in the 33rd minute brought a game to a close in which the winners moved down with their opponents.
Bundesliga: Bayern beaten
Amin Younes scored an excellent goal and helped create another than Eintracht Frankfurt Beat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday to stay on track for a place in the Champions League.
Former German international Younes, on loan from Napoli, helped Daichi Kamada score the first goal on 12 minutes as Frankfurt extended their unbeaten run to eleven league games.
While Germany’s coach Joachim Low was watching in the stands before the international matches in March, Younes, who won the last of five international matches in Germany in 2017, thundered in the 31st minute after a shot from the edge of the penalty area after taking over the entire Bayern defense would have .
Bayern, who were missing several players, including Thomas Müller and Benjamin Pavard, remain on 49 points. The second-placed RB Leipzig (44) is in action at Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Fourth Frankfurt with 42 points is on par with VfL Wolfsburg, who are third and won 3-0 against Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.
Elsewhere, Borussia Mönchengladbach The European aspirations suffered a heavy blow with a 2-1 defeat at Mainz 05 After Kevin Stoeger’s winner in the 86th minute, they dropped back to eighth place with 33.
Finally, Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund cleverly Schalke Another step closer to relegation with a 4-0 win.
Jadon Sancho broke the dead end in the 42nd minute before sweeping a cross for Haaland to score a spectacular scissor kick at halftime.
Schalke responded with a good start to the second half when Matthew Hoppe hit the post, but Raphel Guerreiro effectively decided the result with a goal on the hour.
Haaland rounded out the process, shooting home 11 minutes from Jude Bellingham’s cross for his 17th goal in 17 Bundesliga games this season.