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Alfonso Pedraza 24' (pp), João Félix 68'
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Atlético regain five point LaLiga lead with victory over Villarreal

LaLiga leaders Atlético Madrid secured a vital 2-0 win away to Villarreal on Sunday to reaffirm their title ambitions following a poor run of results.

Atlético regain five point LaLiga lead with victory over Villarreal
PABLO MORANO REUTERS

LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid secured a vital 2-0 win away to Villarreal on Sunday to reaffirm their title ambitions following a difficult run of results.

La Liga Santander - Villarreal v Atletico MadridSoccer Football - La Liga Santander - Villarreal v Atletico Madrid - Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain - February 28, 2021 Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix celebrates scoring their second goal with Luis Suarez REUTERS/Pablo Morano

Diego Simeone's side were smarting from twin defeats to Levante and Chelsea but went ahead in the 25th minute courtesy of an Alfonso Pedraza own goal following a goalmouth scramble, the strike being flagged offside then given after a VAR review.

Atletico survived another video review just before halftime when Thomas Lemar was shown a yellow card rather than a red for elbowing an opponent before record signing Joao Felix came off the bench to double their lead in the 69th on the volley.

A first win in four games in all competitions moved Atletico on to 58 points after 24 games, five clear of second-placed Barcelona, who have played 25, and six above third-placed Real Madrid.

Replacements

João Félix (45', Lemar), Bacca (59', Moi Gómez), Pervis Estupiñán (59', Alfonso Pedraza), Jaume Costa (70', Capoue), Alejandro Rodriguez Baena (70', Trigueros), Kondogbia (75', Luis Suárez), Lucas Torreira (82', Correa)

Goals

0-1, 24': Alfonso Pedraza, 0-2, 68': João Félix

Cards

Arbitro: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Arbitro VAR: José Luis Munuera Montero
Jaume Costa (29',Amarilla) Felipe Monteiro (34',Amarilla) Lemar (49',Amarilla) Saúl (46',Amarilla) Albiol (50',Amarilla

Standings
Clasificación PT PJ PG PE PP
5 41 24 11 8 5
6 39 25 12 3 10
7 37 25 8 13 4
8 33 25 9 6 10
9 32 25 7 11 7
Clasificación PT PJ PG PE PP
1 58 24 18 4 2
2 53 25 16 5 4
3 52 24 16 4 4
4 48 24 15 3 6
5 41 24 11 8 5