Football predictions Atletico`s new wrong move
La Liga leader Atletico Madrid failed to win their visit to Levante in a postponed match of the second round. The match ended 1:1, and this was the second draw for the `mattresses` in their last three games. The team`s lead over second-placed Real Madrid is 6 points, and Atletico still have one game prediction by fixedmatches less. In the previous round, Atletico drew a difficult victory in their visit to Granada and did not allow Real Madrid and Barcelona to close the gap with the top. Joao Felix tested negative for COVID-19 and returned to the team group, but started on the bench. Luis Suarez and Angel Correa partnered in front positions, and Marcos Llorente and Yannick Ferreira-Carasco helped them on both flanks. In the center of the field Cholo bet on Koke and Saul Niges. Jose Jimenez took Felipe`s place in the center of defense, and the other defenders before Jan Oblak were Shime Varsalko, Stefan Savic and Mario Hermoso.
Levante took only a point from Granada and Osasuna, but before that they surprised Real Madrid unpleasantly and beat the champions 2:1 as a guest. Head coach Paco Lopez could not count on Nikola Vukcevic, Jose Campania and Gonzalo Melero. There were no surprises in the starting 11 and the attack was led by Jose Luis Morales and Roger. Atletico controlled the initiative in the opening minutes, but did not create anything dangerous in front of Aitor`s door, except for a parabolic blow to Suarez`s head. The hosts acted patiently and punished the first serious mistake of Madrid. Jorge de Frutos advanced through the center and passed to Bardi, and the national of Northern Macedonia did not miss close. The goal did not embarrass the Atletico players, who methodically pressed the opponent and managed to equalize in the 37th minute. Then Llorente shot hard, the ball bounced off the head of Robert Pierre and fooled Aitor - 1:1. By the break Madrid could reach a complete turnaround, but Aitor made consecutive saves after shots by Luis Suarez and Llorente.
In the 48th minute, Korea made an incredible pass. Aitor deflected the ball at the Argentine`s feet after a shot by Suarez, but he directed it over the crossbar from a few meters. The guests continued to dominate and a strong shot by Llorente went inches from the goal. In the 66th minute Simeone released Joao Felix instead of Ferreira-Carasco, and for the final stage of the match Vitolo appeared in the game. The Los Colchoneros had difficulty with Levante`s well-organized defense, although Suarez and Llorente had a chance. In the 85th minute Felix very cleverly brought Saul and he scored, but the goal was correctly canceled due to an ambush. In the end, Atletico could even lose, but Ian Cloud shone with excellent intervention after a shot by Carlos Clerk.
Over the weekend, the two teams will meet again, but now at Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico will be looking for a mandatory victory, and Levante will probably keep the strength of some of its starters for the upcoming rematch of the semifinals of the King`s Cup against Athletic Bilbao.
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