Atletico Madrid reaches the top four in the Spanish League

Atletico Madrid achieved a late victory over its host Villarreal 2-1 at the end of the thirtieth round of the Spanish Football Championship. Atletico rose to fourth place with 58 points at the expense of Athletic Bilbao, taking advantage of the latter's loss to Real Madrid 0-2 at this stage.

Atletico Madrid did not enter the match in its best condition, as it won only two of the last six matches it played in the league, including a heavy loss at home to Barcelona by 3-0 before the international break, but on the other hand, it succeeded in overturning its deficit in the first leg of the 16th round in the Champions League against the Italian Inter. To win on penalties because he was drawn to face Borussia Drtmund in the quarter-finals next week.

On the other hand, Villarreal played the match after achieving victory in its last 4 league matches, with its last loss coming back on January 13.

Atletico Madrid almost opened the scoring when Frenchman Antoine Griezmann passed a crafty ball towards Brazilian Leno, who was alone with Villarreal's Swedish goalkeeper, Philipp Jorgensen, but the latter succeeded in saving his attempt by blocking it with his leg (7).

The goalkeeper was helpless to stop Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel's header, taking advantage of a corner kick, giving Atletico Madrid the lead.

Jorensen intervened again with a quick reaction to block Llorente's ball after an individual effort from Dutchman Memphis Depay (17), and Villarreal pressed to equalize, but did not pose any threat to Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

In Villarreal's first serious attack, its Norwegian international striker, Alexander Sorloth, succeeded in exploiting a perfect pass from Moreno to shoot a ball with his left hand that landed in the net (50).

After both teams wasted several chances, Saul Niguez succeeded in settling matters in his team's favor three minutes before the end of the match, taking advantage of a pass from Cesar Espilicueta, three minutes after coming on as a substitute.