Atletico Madrid climbed two points lucid of Real Madrid and have two games in hand.© AFP
Luis Suarez struck a 90th-minute winner for Atletico Madrid as they defeated 10-man Alaves 2-1 on Sunday to move back above Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. Marcos Llorente gave Atletico the lead at Mendizorroza shortly before half-time with a deflected strike from just outdoor the area.
Diego Simeone’s side looked as if it would have the game under regulate when Alaves defender Victor Laguardia was once sent off on the hour following a VAR review for chopping down Thomas Lemar as the Frenchman ran towards goal.
Florian Lejeune headed against the post for Alaves before a spectacular own goal on 84 minutes from Felipe threatened to cost Atletico two imperative points, the Brazilian centre-back drilling beyond Jan Oblak as he attempted to hack lucid an attempted cross.
Then again, Suarez secured Atletico’s fourth consecutive win in the last minute as the Uruguayan tapped in from near range after the ball was once slotted across goal by substitute Joao Felix.
Atletico climbed two points lucid of Real Madrid and have two games in hand on the defending champions.
Barcelona are lingering 13 points adrift ahead of their shuttle to behind side Huesca later on Sunday. Lionel Messi is expected to go back after lacking the 1-1 home draw against Eibar in midweek.
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