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What did you make of the game? Have Atletico Madrid blown their hopes of winning the title? Or is this just a blip for Simeone's men? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
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Tempers fray between the two sides as the full time whistle blows. This result has blown the title race wide open, with Real Madrid right back in the thick of things. Barcelona have been let off the hook as well! What a performance by Levante.
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FULL TIME: Levante 0-2 Atletico Madrid
92'
Pinto has the chance to add the gloss to the scoreline, but he puts his shot just past the post with Godin and Miranda struggling to get back and make the challenge.
91'
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
90'
For maybe the first time this season Atletico have looked short of ideas and, dare I say it, tired. Is their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea during the week to blame for that?
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Atletico have two tough fixtures to end the league season on. They have Malaga next week before ending away to Barcelona at the Camp Nou. What a game that could be!
87'
Simeone is still encouraging his team and asking the fans to get behind his players. You get the feeling that it's a little too late for them now, but should they find a late they'll at least put some doubt into Levante.
85'
Now Tiago comes close! The ball falls to the former Chelsea midfielder 10 yards out, but he skews his effort past the post. They're creating chances but haven't been able to take them.
84'
Atletico are starting to get a little desperate here. Crosses are being slung into the box and long balls being punted forward, but Levante are dealing with it all.
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Navas has been outstanding for Levante. Even though this will go down as a textbook performance against Atletico from the outfield players, it's the keeper who has really stood out.
81'
So as things stand Atletico Madrid would be three points clear of Barcelona and six clear of Real Madrid. However, Real have two games in hand and can draw level if they win those. But Atletico would still lead on the basis of head to head.
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Levante sub: David Barral OFF, Angel Rodriguez ON.
Levante Substitution
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Atletico Madrid really need to be finding a goal around about now. They've given themselves a mountain to climb, but if they can just find the net now they would hav 10 minutes to pile on the pressure.
Atlético de Madrid Yellow card

Levante

Atlético

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YELLOW CARD: Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid)
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Adrian hits the woodwork! Atletico Madrid break on the counter attack, with Adrian played through on goal, but his shot across the goal hits the post. Nothing is going right for Simeone's side.
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YELLOW CARD: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
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Of course, even with this result Atletico Madrid are still in control of the title race. It just means that tonight's game between Valencia and Real Madrid takes on massive importance.
73'
Things are starting to get heated now. Turan, Costa, Pinto and Navas are in each other's faces and the referee is letting them just play things out. The tension is starting to get to Simeone's side.
72'
How big could that goal prove to be in the context of the title race? Can Atletico find a lifeline? They need to score as soon as they can and pile on the pressure for the final 20 minutes.
Levante Yellow card

Levante

Atlético

Levante Substitution
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Levante sub: Ruben Garcia OFF, Sergio Pinto ON.
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GOAL! Levante 2 (69 mins - David Barral) Atletico Madrid 0. A hammer blow to Atletico's title hopes! Barral takes control of the cross from Vyntra and finishes past Courtois and into the net.
Levante Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Left

67'
What an incredible save by Navas! Alderweireld's shot from 25 yards takes a deflection and looks to be heading for the top corner. But the Levante keeper sorts out his feet and pulls off a magnificent diving save!
66'
Costa looks certain to score but puts it past the post! The freekick comes into the box from Gabi, but with the striker free of a marker he can't stretch enough and directs the ball just past the target.
65'
Off the line! Filipe Luis comes so close to making amends for his first half own goal, but Vyntra is on hand to clear his left-footed drive off the line, with Navas beaten for once. Wow!
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Now Ruben comes within inches of connecting with a cross into the box. Had he stretched to reach that Levante surely would have been 2-0 up.
63'
Atletico get very lucky! Miranda's pass is intercepted by Barral, who goes into a challenge with Godin. He wins the ball and sets Ruben clean through on goal, but the referee draws it back for a foul. Dubious!
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Atletico Madrid sub: Koke OFF, Diego Ribas ON.
Atlético de Madrid Substitution
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YELLOW CARD: David Barral (Levante)
60'
That's clever thinking by Caparros. Sissoko has been very impressive in midfield for Levante, but they could use Ivanschitz on the counter attack. They're getting deeper and deeper, so that approach might work.
Levante Yellow card

Levante

Atlético

59'
 
Levante sub: Mohamed Sissoko OFF, Andreas Ivanschitz ON.
Levante Substitution
58'
Indeed, Atletico are startin to take full control of the game. Levante are seeing less and less of the ball, but for the moment they are holding out. But for how much longer can they do that?

Bit of space opening up now. Feel Atleti need to score soon.

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Now Turan heads over the bar from a chipped cross into the box. The Turkish international has certainly made a difference since coming on at the break. Atletico are getting closer and closer.
54'
 
YELLOW CARD: Tiago Cordoso (Atletico Madrid)
Atlético de Madrid Yellow card

Levante

Atlético

53'
Big chance for Atletico! Costa shrugs off the challenge of Vyntra, before laying it off to Adrian, who in turn plays it to Turan. But Juanfran throws himself in front of the shot to keep it 1-0!
52'
Costa comes forward on the counter attack, thinks about the shot before playing it out to Adrian. However, he hesitates allowing the defender to recover and make the block from the shot across goal.
51'
Where Atletico are struggling is getting the ball to the edge of the box. They're missing someone to link up the midfield and attack, which is odd considering the players they have on the pitch.
50'
Adrian decides to take matters into the own hands as Levante pass the ball around freely in midfield, going straight through the back of Barral. The Atletico attacker is lucky to avoid a booking for that.
49'
Levante still look very neat and tidy on the ball. They won't be easy to break down. Even after the changes, Atletico are up against it here.
48'
Villa did very little in the first half, apart from miss that glaring opportunity, so I'm not very surprised that he's been taken off by Simeone. I am a little surprised that Adrian has come on in his place.
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Atletico Madrid subs: Raul Garcia and David Villa OFF, Arda Turan and Adrian Lopez ON.
46'
Simeone isn't messing around. He's taken off Villa and Garcia and replaced them with Turan and Adrian. That means that Atletico have now switched to a 4-3-3 formation. Will that improve things?
Atlético de Madrid Substitution
Atlético de Madrid Substitution
45'
The second half has started at the Ciutat de Valencia!
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Simeone has a lot to do at the break. His Atletico Madrid side have looked short of ideas in the first half, with Levante reading the game very well. Could we see Turan come on for the second half?
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HALF TIME: Levante 0-1 Atletico Madrid
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Atletico are cranking up the pressue before the break. Levante are slipping deeper and deeper into their own half. They seem quite content with inviting pressure on top of themselves.
42'
The problem with this Atletico Madrid team is that it doesn't favour chasing the game. So what does Simeone do at half time? Does he change things up? Are we about to see Turan emerge for the second half?
41'
Well that's unusual. Vyntra takes a throw in and throws it straight out of play again. It didn't even reach a player. Maybe Levante should practice their throw ins on Monday.
40'
The battle between Costa and Sissoko continues. The two of them are at each other anytime the ball comes anywhere near them. Yet Gonzalez Gonzalez continues to turn a blind eye to it.
39'
Simeone looks to be giving instructions to Turan on the touchline. Could we see the Turkish player come on at the break? Or maybe even before the break?

2 - Filipe Luis is the 2nd Atletico player to have scored an own goal in La Liga this season, after Thibaut Courtois. Misfortune.

37'
Impressive play by Levante. A passing move sees Vyntra receive the ball on the right side, who attempts to pick out Barral at the back post. But the cross is just a little too strong and drifts over the striker's head.
35'
Great save by Navas! Atletico work the ball out to Alderweireld on the right side, who blasts a shot at the near post. But the Levante keeper gets down well to make the stop and keep his team in the lead.
34'
Simeone needs to get Costa to calm down a little bit here. You want your players to have an edge but he's at risk of being sent off if he continues like this. He's so worked up.
33'
The camera man catches an off the ball reaction from Costa to being roughed up by Diop. The striker threw his elbow into the Levante midfielder. He's very lucky that the referee missed that.

Atleti need a bit more quality on the ball. Villa off, Raul Garcia behind Diego Costa and Arda/D.Ribas on the obvious bet if this continues.

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Levante win a freekick on the edge of the penalty are, but Diop's effort is straight at Courtois in the Atletico Madrid goal. Needs to be better than that to beat the Belgian keeper.
30'
Lopez has been busy down the right wing for Levante. Seeing plenty of the ball, and every time the home side come forward they seem to go through the right back.
28'
Rather strangely, Atletico are playing a lot of hopeful long balls forward. They need to be a little bit more patient. Levante have thrown them off their stride in these opening 30 minutes or so.
27'
At times Levante have been guilty of being a bit too intricate. You saw what happened when they put a cross into the box earlier in the game. They should try that more often, but they have a tendency to overplay it.
26'
Atletico aere struggling to make the ball stick in the centre of midfield. Gabi and Koke need to impose themselves on the game, which is proving difficult in the face of Levante's intense passing game.
25'
Levante are playing some really nice stuff here. They've found their passing stride and are making Atletico really hard to win the ball back. Simeone looks slightly concerned on the touchline.
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Remember Real Madrid play Valencia this evening, kick-off at 8pm GMT. You can follow live updates right here on Eurosport, with build-up to the crucial fixture starting at 7.30pm.
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Gabi plays a wicked corner kick delivery to the near post, with Navas misjudging his leap. The Levante keeper misses the ball, but it bounces off one of his defenders and behind for another corner.

Twice in the first 20 minutes Costa's been at least two yards onside when running clean through, and been pulled back

20'
 
Really bad decision by the linesman! Costa is played clean through on goal by Garcia, but the flag goes up for offside. Looking at replays Vyntra was keeping the Atletico striker onside by about a yard or two.
19'
The camera pans to Jose Sosa in the crowd. Is he smoking a pipe?!!
18'
The frustration is just starting to creep into the Atletico players and the fans in the crowd. Simeone is kicking and heading every ball, but then there's no change there. He's always like that.
17'
The noise inside the Ciutat de Valencia is incredible! Officially there are only 2,500 travelling fans inside the ground but the Atletico supporters have snapped up home tickets and are dominating the chanting and singing.
16'
Koke whips a freekick into the penalty area from a deep position, but Villa can't quite make a connection and Navas comes off his line to gather.
15'
Levante are quite handy at the defensive side of the game as well. They've kept 10 clean sheets at home this season, so Simeone's side are really up against it now to get back into this game.
13'
You can see why Keylor Navas is thought of as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe. Incredible save from Garcia.
12'
Huge chance for Atletico! Garcia takes a long ball on his chest before spinning and shooting at goal! Navas pulls off a great save and then on the rebound Villa blasts well over the crossbar. What an opportunity!
11'
There are 10,000 Atletico Madrid fans here at the Ciutat de Valencia. By La Liga standards, that's a huge away following. Their supporters can sense this could be a historic season, but it's not going to plan so far.
10'
You already get the feeling that in the last few minutes since the goal, Atletico have upped the tempo of their play. There's still a long way to go, but that goal might just focus them.
9'
That's the first goal Atletico Madrid have conceded in five league games. It was a self inflicted wound as well! Really poor defending and Simeone looks dismayed on the touchline.

Was Filipe Luis the ball hit... desperately unlucky... lots of time still to play... Levante went ahead early at Calderon in Dec too.

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GOAL! Levante 1 (7 mins - Filipe Luis OG) Atletico Madrid 0. Uh oh! The corner kick comes in from the right side, bounces inside the six yard box and bounces off Filipe Luis and finds its way into the net past Courtois!
Levante Goal

Other Body Part - Bottom Left

5'
First sight of goal for Atletico Madrid and it falls to Costa, but the Brazilian born striker can't get his shot away after wriggling away from the defender. Demonstrates just how dangerous Costa can be, though.
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Barcelona drew at home to Getafe last night, meaning that it's nearly impossible for them to win the league title now. They're three points off the top, having played a game more than Atletico and two more than Real Madrid.
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Of course, Levante won't just roll over here. They can cause even the best of teams problems and that's what Joaquin Caparros' side will be trying to do tonight.
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So it's simple for Atletico. Should they win their final three league games they will be champions. Three points this evening would take them to within just three points of breaking the Clasico duopoly in La Liga.
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We're under way between Levante and Atletico Madrid!
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Pre-match odds: Levante 12/1, Draw 9/2, Atletico Madrid 1/4
15:50
TEAM NEWS: Levante - Navas, Lopez, Vyntra, Navarro, Juanfran, Diop, Simao, Sissoko, Ruben, Casadesus, Barral. /// Atletico Madrid - Courtois, Alderweireld, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Raul Garcia, Villa, Costa.
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I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter ahead of the game. If Atletico win this game have they essentially sealed the league title? Or can Levante cause them some problems? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
15:40
Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Spanish league clash between Levante and Atletico Madrid. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in. Kick-off: 16:00.

Starting Line-ups

Levante
Atlético de Madrid
    • Navas
    • 12
      Juanfran
    • 6
      Vyntra
    • 4
      Navarro
    • 19
      Pedro López
    • 22
      Sissoko
    • 23
      Pape Diop
    • 5
      Simao Mate
    • 10
      Rubén García
    • 7
      Barral
    • 18
      Casadesús
Team Manager:  Lucas Alcaraz
    • Diego Costa
    • Villa
    • 8
      Raúl García
    • 14
      Gabi
    • 5
      Tiago
    • 6
      Koke
    • Alderweireld
    • Miranda
    • 2
      Godín
    • 3
      Filipe Luis
    • Courtois
Team Manager:  Diego Simeone
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
K. NavasDFP
0 7 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. NavarroDFP
0 0 0 0 10 0 2 2 0 0 0 90
L. VyntraDFP
0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
JuanfranDFP
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
Pedro LópezDFP
0 0 0 4 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Pape DiopDFP
0 0 1 34 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 90
Simao MateDFP
0 0 0 28 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 90
Rubén GarcíaDFP
0 0 0 24 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 72
M. SissokoDFP
0 0 0 26 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 59
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
CasadesúsDFP
0 1 0 26 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 90
D. BarralDFP
1 0 1 16 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 80
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
T. CourtoisDFP
0 1 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. GodínDFP
0 0 0 2 9 0 1 2 1 0 0 90
Filipe LuisDFP
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
MirandaDFP
0 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
T. AlderweireldDFP
0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
TiagoDFP
0 0 0 72 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 90
GabiDFP
0 0 0 67 0 5 2 2 0 0 0 90
KokeDFP
0 0 0 43 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 62
Raúl GarcíaDFP
0 0 2 13 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 45
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Diego CostaDFP
0 0 0 14 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 90
D. VillaDFP
0 0 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 45
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