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Elche 0-1 Atletico Madrid: LaLiga leaders survive late penalty scare to stay top for Barcelona clash

Elche captain Fidel neglected a stoppage-time penalty as Atletico Madrid picked up a slim 1-0 win to tighten their grip on top spot in LaLiga beforehand of next week’s large showdown with Barcelona.

Diego Simeone’s side lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao closing weekend and had been lucky to keep away from every other slip-up in opposition to relegation-threatened Elche in Saturday’s contest at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

Marcos Llorente scored what proved to be the all essential intention for Atleti with his twelfth league strike of the campaign in the 23rd minute after Luis Suarez had one chalked off for a marginal offside.

however, Elche wasted an excellent danger to snatch a share of the spoils in the 91st minute as Fidel fired a penalty in opposition to the submit, which means Atletico flow ​five factors clean of real Madrid and Barca, who each have a recreation in hand to play.

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