Atletico Madrid keep title dream alive with defeat of Alaves

Atletico Madrid keep title dream alive with defeat of Alaves

Atletico Madrid stayed mathematically in the LaLiga title race, for a few hours at least, with a 1-0 victory over Alaves.

They left it late, with Kevin Gameiro scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the 78th minute after Mubarak Wakaso was adjudged to have handled.

It was the second penalty Wakaso had given away in less than 10 minutes, with a foul on Vitolo prompting the referee to point to the spot in the 71st minute only for stand-in keeper Fernando Pacheco to deny Fernando Torres.

Atletico will certainly feel they fully merited the three points, with Vitolo also hitting a post.

The result leaves Diego Simeone's side eight points behind Barca with three matches left, but the leaders have two games in hand and can wrap things up when they face Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening.

More importantly perhaps, the victory restored Atletico's four-point lead over their city rivals Real after their win against Leganes on Saturday.

Ten-man Getafe spurned the chance to claim victory over Girona following Jorge Molina's second-half penalty miss at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

The hosts were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw despite seeing Damian Suarez dismissed when he conceded a penalty for chopping down former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani.

The forward converted the spot-kick just before the break to cancel out Amath Ndiaye's opener before Molina then missed his own penalty when he struck a post.

More on this topic

TV View: Harsh proof you don’t always get what you fought forTV View: Harsh proof you don’t always get what you fought for

Four decades of Danish pain continuesFour decades of Danish pain continues

We’re gutted, Stevens admits as best proves not enoughWe’re gutted, Stevens admits as best proves not enough

Alas, it turns out you can lose 1-1 tooAlas, it turns out you can lose 1-1 too

More in this Section

Ireland V Denmark in numbersIreland V Denmark in numbers

For Irish football, the stakes have rarely been higherFor Irish football, the stakes have rarely been higher

‘We know we are not a crap team, we are a strong team’‘We know we are not a crap team, we are a strong team’

Ireland V Denmark: Who’ll be right on the night?Ireland V Denmark: Who’ll be right on the night?


Lifestyle

‘Children of the Troubles’ recounts the largely untold story of the lost boys and girls of Northern Ireland, and those who died south of the border, in Britain and as far afield as West Germany, writes Dan Buckley.Loss of lives that had barely begun

With Christmas Day six weeks away tomorrow, preparations are under way in earnest, writes Gráinne McGuinness.Making Cents: Bargains available on Black Friday but buyer beware!

From farming practices in Europe to forest clearances in the Amazon, Liz Bonnin’s new show seeks solutions to some of the damage done by the world’s appetite for meat, writes Gemma Dunn.New show seeks solutions to some of the damage done by the world’s appetite for meat

Louis Mulcahy reads in Cork this weekend for the Winter Warmer fest, writes Colette Sheridan.Wheel turns from pottery to poetry

More From The Irish Examiner