Marcos Llorente celebrates the goal of Atletico Madrid in Elche
And the Rojiblancos team strengthened its lead in the league standings, raising its score to 76 points and moving five points away from the two great Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are ranked second and third, respectively.
Marcos Llorente scored the only goal in the 22nd minute by striking the ball into the net after a neat pass from Jank Carrasco, who broke through the penalty area of Elche from the left.
Atletico dominated the course of the match early and scored through its star Luis Suarez in the 16th minute, but the video canceled the goal due to Llorente’s infiltration.
The referee awarded a penalty kick to Atletico in the 44th minute due to a handball on the Elche player, but he reversed his decision after returning to the video.
The second half was more dire in light of the attempts of the two clubs.
Elche, wrestling with relegation, sought an equalizer and Diego Simeone’s men wanted to consolidate their lead.
In the 90th minute, the referee awarded a penalty kick to Elche after a handball by Llorente, who scored the goal, who tried to clear the ball with his hand.
But Fidel, Elche’s player, hit the right post of goalkeeper Jan Oblak, to let the fans of Atletico breathe a sigh of relief and win a precious victory.
Atletico will now prepare for the most important match of its season, perhaps, in which he will visit Barcelona next Saturday in the 35th round of the League.
On Friday, Elche plays host Real Sociedad.
Elche ranks 18th in the league standings, tied with 17th-ranked Valladolid.