Atlético Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Levante in the Spanish league today, ending their 11-match unbeaten streak and giving Real Madrid and Barcelona a chance to cut into their lead at the top.
José Luis Morales scored in the 30th minute and Jorge de Frutos added another goal in stoppage time at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, handing Atlético their first league loss since December, and first at home in more than a year.
Diego Simeone’s team has also won only one of its last four league matches.
They, however, stay six points in front of second-place Madrid, who later tonight visit relegation-threatened Valladolid seeking its fourth straight league win. Third-place Barcelona, nine points behind Atlético with a game in hand, hosts struggling Cádiz tomorrow.
This was the second consecutive league match between Atlético and Levante. They drew 1-1 on Wednesday in a game postponed from the second round because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Atlético had won nine of its last 11 league matches and hadn’t lost since a 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid in December. They have drawn two of their last three games, with setbacks against Levante and Celta Vigo.
They were also eliminated by third-division club Cornellà in the second round of the Copa del Rey in January.