Until and unless the season ends, there is no clear winner in La Liga. But the scenario was completely different a few months back where Atletico Madrid were way ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona; but right now, La Liga is Atleti’s to lose. Real Madrid and Barcelona are closing in.
Atletico Madrid returned to the top of LaLiga Santander but dropped more points in their pursuit of the title with a 1-1 draw against Real Betis on Sunday night.
Atleti took the lead early in the contest, with Yannick Carrasco remaining calm to slot into an unguarded net.
The Cristian Tello equalizer for Betis midway through the first half, volleying home Alex Moreno’s cross with his right foot – Atleti were pegged back.
There was a blow for Atletico at the end of the first half when Joao Felix took one himself off a Betis player, picking up an injury that would force him off just after the restart.
Most of the chances to win the game fell Atletico’s way in the closing stages. Angel Correa saw two attempts stopped by Claudio Bravo in the final minutes of the match.
There would be no winning goal.
The gap between them and Real Madrid is now closer than it was before Matchday 30, with Los Blancos only one point back after their win over Barcelona.
Barcelona are a further point back in third place having lost their momentum with defeat in El Clasico. They don’t play next weekend because of their involvement in the Final King’s Cup.
Atletico and Real Madrid face Eibar and Getafe respectively in Matchday 31, not before the latter has taken on Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League.
Sevilla are still in contention, particularly if they can beat Celta Vigo on Monday night to move to within six points of leaders Atletico.