Oblak penalty heroics ensure Atletico squeeze past Alaves
Jan Oblak conserved a late charge to increase Atletico Madrid’s faltering La Liga title obstacle as Luis Suarez’s header showed enough for a nervy 1-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.
Oblak parried away Joselu’s 84th-minute spot-kick at the Wanda Metropolitano to spare Atletico another slip that would have provided substantial support to Barcelona and Genuine Madrid.
Rather, Suarez’s 19th objective of the season extended Atletico’s lead at the top of the table to 6 points over Genuine and 7 ahead of Barca, who play their video game in hand at Genuine Sociedad later Sunday.
After handling just 2 wins in their last 8 video games in all competitors, a run that included them heading out of the Champions League, Atletico have actually looked significantly most likely to deliver the benefit to their chasing competitors.
Triumph versus having a hard time Alaves, who remain 19th, was necessary to return on track and while they almost rejected the chance, Oblak’s heroics made the 3 points even more gratifying.
The events at the last whistle exposed a group that has actually been under pressure in current weeks and coach Diego Simeone will hope his goalkeeper’s conserve can show a turning point ahead of the altercation.
Atletico desired an early charge of their own when Jose Maria Gimenez headed on to the arm of Edgar Mendez however Mendez was dealing with the opposite method and Alaves were spared.
The remainder of the half was tight, with neither side plainly remarkable as Marcos Llorente practically scored an own objective when conference Victor Laguardia’s volleyed cross prior to Suarez fired simply broad of the far post.
Suarez’s objective 9 minutes into the 2nd half originated from the very best relocation of the video game.
Thomas Lemar turned the ball around the corner to Llorente, who fed Kieran Trippier racing down the right, and he curled a cross in on the go to the near post, where Suarez headed in.
Atletico practically made it 2 quickly after, Trippier once again with a fantastic cross drew back off the line, just for Llorente’s shot to be pressed onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.
Suarez went close in the last 10 minutes however without an Atletico second, Alaves constantly had a possibility and they were provided a golden one in the 84th minute after Stefan Savic was evaluated to have actually put an arm throughout Luis Rioja simply inside the charge location.
Joselu stepped up and struck it well to his left however Oblak read it best and, with his left foot still pinned to the line, uprised and pressed the ball away. Atletico breathed a sigh of relief.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.