La Jornada newspaper
Thursday, February 18, 2021, p. a10
Madrid. Atlético de Madrid, current leader of the Spanish League, let two points go by failing to go past the 1-1 draw in the Levante field, yesterday in a late match on the second day of the tournament.
Levante went ahead with a goal from Macedonian Enis Bardhi (17), but Marcos Llorente rescued the equalizer with a long shot (37), in a duel dominated by the mattress team.
The rojiblancos continue to lead the Spanish championship by adding 55 units, but somewhat more pressured by Real Madrid and Barcelona, after accumulating their second equalized in their three recent league games.
The meringues remain second, six points behind the colchoneros, while Barça is nine points behind, both pending any setback from the rojiblancos, who will again face Levante on matchday 24 in the league.
Atlético dominated the match against a rival who gave up the initiative and waited behind to try to go on the counterattack.
The Levantine team barely reached the goal defended by Jan Oblak, but on the few occasions when they did approach it, they did so with danger. In their first approach, the locals opened the scoring, when Enis Bardhi finished a quick counterattack to make it 1-0, at minute 17.
The goal surprised the rojiblancos, who for a few minutes reduced their pressure on Levante, before returning to attack.
First, the Argentine Ángel Correa crossed a ball too much, at minute 35, then Saúl tried with a low shot that goalkeeper Aitor Fernández (36) took and finally Marcos Llorente found the goal.
The colchonero fired a distant shot that hit Rober Pier, dislodging the Levante goalkeeper and slipping into his goal to score 1-1, at minute 37.
The game ended with a tie at halftime. At the beginning of the second half, at 47, Correa sent a ball rejected by Aitor to the empty goal, shot by Luis Suárez.
The Uruguayan striker, top scorer in the Spanish League, was one of the most active men on his team, but he did not manage to expand his scoring account.
Levante tried to stretch a bit more in the second half, but continued to leave the initiative to Atlético de Madrid, whose coach, Diego Simeone, gave João Félix a few minutes, on his return after overcoming Covid-19, by Yannick Carrasco, at 64 However, the young Portuguese star would hardly have a presence in the Atlético game, which continued to bring danger to the Levantine goal, but found good local defense, which prevented the score from moving again.