10-man Getafe hold Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw


Atletico Madrid missed the chance to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga as they were held to a goalless draw by Getafe.

Diego Simeone’s side came into the match having watched Real Madrid pull off a comeback at home to Elche and the Liga leaders missed the chance to fully restore their advantage with Barcelona playing Huesca on Monday.

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Angel Correa was picked to start over Joao Felix, but Atletico Madrid struggled to create in the final third of the pitch in the first half, with the Portuguese forward introduced for the start of the second period.

Felix had the ball in the back of the net after heading a cross from Marcos Llorente, but the linesman spotted that the ball had crossed the byline before the delivery was made as the goal was disallowed.

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VAR was used to spot a stamp on the ankle of Ronan Lodi by Allan Nyom, with the red card shown to the Cameroonian reducing Getafe to take men for the final 20 minutes.

Moussa Dembele came close to finding the net with an opportunistic strike from inside the box, but was denied by David Soria with Luis Suarez also striking the post with a chip that had the Getafe goalkeeper beaten.

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Despite the pressure, 10-man Getafe held on for a point to damage Atletico Madrid’s title chances with Barcelona now able to close the gap to just four points with a win over Huesca.


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