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90' + 2'
Yellow Card
R. Battaglia
Yellow Card
J. Oblak
Penalty Save
Penalty Miss
L. Suárez
K. Trippier
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Match Stats

61% 38%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 3
Total Passes 539 326
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 35 23 8 4 61 22 +39 77 D W L W W
2 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 35 22 9 4 60 26 +34 75 D W D W D
3 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 35 23 6 6 80 33 +47 75 D W L W W
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 35 22 5 8 51 29 +22 71 D L W W W
5 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 35 15 11 9 53 35 +18 56 W L W W L
6 Real Betis BET Real Betis 1-0 35 15 9 11 44 46 -2 54 D D D D D
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 35 13 13 9 53 42 +11 52 L W L L W
8 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 35 12 11 12 50 53 -3 47 W W W L D
9 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 35 11 13 11 46 38 +8 46 D W D W D
10 Granada GRA Granada 1-0 35 13 6 16 43 56 -13 45 L W L W W
11 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 35 11 10 14 31 50 -19 43 W W D L D
12 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 35 10 11 14 33 43 -10 41 D L L W W
13 Valencia VAL Valencia 35 9 12 14 46 51 -5 39 W L D L D
14 Levante LEV Levante 35 9 12 14 40 50 -10 39 D L L L L
15 Getafe GET Getafe 35 8 10 17 26 41 -15 34 L L W L D
16 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 35 7 11 17 30 54 -24 32 D L D W W
17 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 35 5 16 14 32 49 -17 31 L D D D D
18 Huesca HUE Huesca 35 6 12 17 33 52 -19 30 L W L L L
19 Elche ELC Elche 35 6 12 17 29 52 -23 30 L L W D L
20 Eibar EIB Eibar 35 6 11 18 27 46 -19 29 W W L L L


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That concludes our commentary of the LaLiga fixture between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Alaves! We hope you enjoyed it! 
Atletico Madrid are back in action on April 4, when they travel to face Sevilla. Deportivo Alaves’ search for a win will continue on the same day when they host Celta Vigo. 
Atletico Madrid manage to cling on to the slender lead, beating Deportivo Alaves by a single goal to nil - thanks to Suarez’s near-post header after 54 minutes. After a poor first half, Simeone’s side showed much more endeavour in the second, looking to get it forward with increased pace. Their dominance on the ball prevented the visitors from creating too many chances to trouble the goalkeeper - though a rash elbow from Savic on Rioja gave Fernandez’s side a late chance to equalise from the penalty spot (against the run of play it must be said). Oblak was to be the hero though, diving to his left to make a fantastic stop to earn his second straight LaLiga clean sheet. Atleti escape with all three points, putting them six up on second-place Real Madrid. The narrow loss keeps Alaves in 19th. 
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Saul goes up to win an aerial duel but hits the side of Tachi's head with his elbow. It's a yellow card for the Atleti substitute. 
90' The fourth official indicates four minutes will be added for stoppages. 
R. Battaglia
Yellow Card
88' Battaglia is shown a yellow card for a late, frustrated challenge. 
J. Oblak
Penalty Save
86' OBLAK DOES IT AGAIN! The goalkeeper once again proves his worth, making an outstanding diving stop on the penalty with just four minutes left in the match! 
Penalty Miss
86' SAVED! Joselu fails to convert from the penalty spot, sending his effort to the left - only to see Oblak get there first and parry it away! It remains 1-0!
S. Savić
Yellow Card
85' Savic is shown a yellow card for the flailing elbow which has given Alaves a chance to tie the match up from the penalty spot. 
84' PENALTY! The referee has a chat with VAR and decides both that there was contact - and that the infringement occurred inside Atletico Madrid's penalty area! He points to the spot as Alaves have a chance to tie up the game from 12 yards out with five minutes remaining! 
83' Rioja is down holding his face after seemingly taking a blow from Savic's elbow. The incident occurred right on the edge of Atleti’s penalty area - which could lead to a spot-kick should VAR see this incident a certain way.
81' Another wasted chance for Atleti as Suarez squares a pass to Carrasco just outside the six-yard box - only for the winger to fall theatrically in an attempt to win a penalty; though the referee was having absolutely none of it.
Borja Sainz
Pere Pons
79' Another Alaves change sees Pons withdrawn in favour of Sainz. 
78' A poorly taken short-corner by Alaves turns possession over to Atleti relatively quickly; without the visitors even managing to hoist the ball into the opposition’s penalty area.
Y. Carrasco
Yellow Card
76' Carrasco is shown a yellow card for jumping into Navarro during an aerial duel. It’s the winger’s fifth booking - meaning he will miss Atleti’s next match (a fixture vs Sevilla).
H. Herrera
T. Lemar
74' It's a double change as Herrera is also in for Lemar. 
Á. Correa
74' A defensive change for Atleti sees Saul replace Correa. 
72' Joselu is incensed as he’s called for a handball during a potential counter-attack, as he fails to bring down the ball cleanly to get his side going forward. It’s the right call - but one that will no doubt infuriate the visitors.
A. Mahmoud
Jota Peleteiro
70' Mahmoud replaces Jota as it's two switches at once for the visitors. 
Alberto Rodríguez
70' Alaves make a change, replacing Laguardia with Tachi. 
69' Alaves waste a free-kick, sending it far too close to the net as Hermoso can shield it behind for a goal-kick.
67' Trippier is caught being a little bit too eager to win the ball back near Alaves’ penalty area - fouling Rioja in the process and giving the visitors a free-kick.
66' Joselu has scored five of Alaves' last seven goals in LaLiga, scoring one goal in each of his last two. He has never scored in three in a row in the top-flight.
64' Jota swings a deep free-kick into the penalty area for Laguardia, who is unable to direct his header towards a team-mate - with Gimenez forcing himself into the middle of the action to clear the ball.
62' Alaves take their corner short to Pellistri, who cuts inside and fires a shot from the right-hand corner of the penalty area, forcing Oblak into an important catch; as even a parry would have put it into the path of an attacker.
Luis Rioja
Edgar Méndez
59' A change on the hour sees Rioja replace Mendez. 
58' Alaves are in trouble now as they need to wrestle back not only momentum but a goal if they wish to take anything away from the Wanda Metropolitano. Their tactics were employable at 0-0, but they’re going to have to change things up to beat Oblak.
56' Trippier seems to be okay after he was sent to the ground in a heap during the build-up to the goal, with Duarte sliding in on the wing-back in an attempt to block the cross. After remaining down for the entirety of the goal celebration and then some, the wing-back is seemingly able to continue after receiving treatment.
Rubén Duarte
Yellow Card
54' Yellow Card Rubén Duarte Sánchez
K. Trippier
54' It's what Trippier does best - a fantastic cross from the right-hand side leading to a goal. It's gone down as the assist, and a crucial one at that. 
L. Suárez
54' SUAREZ FINDS THE OPENING GOAL! 1-0! It’s the kind of connection Simeone was hoping for all match, as Llorente plays a lovely pass down the right flank for Trippier, whose excellently placed first-time cross finds the head of Suarez at the near post! The hosts take the advantage!
52' Frustration mounting for Suarez, who is once again in an offside position as a pass from Llorente comes in towards the striker. The Uruguay international has certainly not been at his best today.
50' Lemar drives into the 18-yard box and shifts a pass to Suarez looking for the return, but a well-placed Battaglia steps in and wins possession cleanly, while also sending the midfielder to the ground in a heap.
48' Atleti have now gone over two and a half games without scoring, since Suarez’s penalty in a 2-1 win over Bilbao on March 10. Even still, Simeone opts against making a change at the half, as the exact same XI retake to the pitch.
46' Atleti get the match restarted from the kick-off! 
There will no doubt be a shakeup from Simeone to start the second half, with Dembele and Renan Lodi available to give the side a little bit more of a forward thrust. They’ll need to be careful not to expose gaps in the defence as they push ahead for the opener - as Alaves would love to be able to sit deep and hit on the counter. Deyverson and Cordoba are both options from the bench to inject some pace into the visitors’ XI if the match gets stretched late on.
Atletico Madrid find themselves in familiar surroundings - dominating the match from a statistical point of view while simultaneously failing to turn that superiority into goals. It’s 0-0 at half-time at the Wanda Metropolitano, as Deportivo Alaves have done more than enough to stifle the hosts. After early penalty claims from the hosts were denied by the referee, Simeone’s side did little to take the lead from open play, with Savic’s awkward cross the most pressure Pacheco was put under. It’s been a poor game from both Correa and Suarez, who have not been able to cause the Alaves defence any problems at all. 
44' The match official indicates two minutes will be added for stoppages. 
42' Atletico Madrid's Suarez has been involved in 14 goals in eight games against Alaves in LaLiga (seven goals and seven assists), scoring one goal in each of his last four against them in the competition.
40' SUAREZ GOES WIDE! The striker finally finds himself some space after toiling for 40 minutes, driving through three defenders and cracking an effort that misses the bottom corner by inches!
38' Correa receives a simple pass from Carrasco with his back to goal, before turning past two Alaves defenders and firing a low shot to the far corner - which fails to hit the intended target as the striker slipped just as he made contact with the strike.
36' An Alaves throw-in put into the Atleti penalty area is headed to the edge of the 18-yard box for Pons, who latches onto it and fires an awkward volley at goal which fails to trouble Oblak - though it does force him to move across his goal to make the catch.
34' Alaves are again let off the hoot as a poor delivery from the set-piece allows for an easy clearance.
Jota Peleteiro
Yellow Card
33' Two fouls in the same part of the pitch in two minutes earns Jota a yellow card. This time - he manages to take down Hermoso. Can Atleti make their opponents pay this time? 
32' The free-kick is taken short to Lemar, who clips the ball into the penalty area - only for a defender to smash it away with a powerful header.
31' Carrasco is taken down by Jota just as the Atleti winger was about to shoot from outside the area. It’s a free-kick for the visitors which can be taken either as a shot or a cross - which will keep the defenders guessing.
30' CHANCE FOR ATLETI! It’s hard to say whether or not Savic intended his effort as a cross or a shot - but either way the dangerous delivery forces Pacheco to tip the ball just over the bar and behind for a corner!
28' Overzealous pressing in midfield gets Atletico in trouble as Joselu does his best to shield the ball from two defenders right in front of the technical area - buying himself a free-kick in the process.
26' As we approach the half-hour mark, neither of these sides have done enough to assert their dominance and take the lead. It’s been an even contest despite the disparity in the league table, as Alaves have matched their opponents for skill and strategy.
24' JOSELU GOES WIDE! The first real chance of the match for Alaves is sent narrowly past the post after Pons’ brilliant interception in midfield set up a counter-attack for the hosts. The winger unselfishly centres the ball to his team-mate inside the penalty area, where his dragged left-footed shot is met with a deflection that puts the trajectory off-target.
22' Alaves are allowing Atleti to walk the ball right up to the 18-yard box, where the low block is able to deal with any incisive passes their opponents can craft. Battaglia has shielded the back line well, not allowing Llorente or Lemar to work in the necessary pockets of space.
20' Atletico Madrid have not lost any of their last 25 home games against Basque opponents in LaLiga (W20 D5), since a 1-0 loss in March 2013 to Real Sociedad.
18' The hosts are dominating possession, but once again they are unable to make their share of the ball count - failing to combine in key areas. Pacheco has been untroubled in the opening 20 minutes as Correa and Suarez have really failed to involve themselves.
16' Lemar lifts a lovely ball over the head of the defence for Carrasco, who keeps the ball in play with an overhead volley that falls perfectly at the feet of Correa. Three defenders converge on the forward inside the 18-yard box and squeeze him out of possession, ending another Atletico attack.
14' Well the referee has taken his time with the decision, even going to view the touchline monitor - but he sees no reason to overturn his initial call as Atleti’s protests go unanswered. No penalty says the referee as Pacheco resumes play from a goal-kick.
12' Carrasco takes the free-kick short and receives it again before firing in the cross from a different angle. Gimenez gets to the far-post delivery and nods it down - whereupon the Atleti players protest immediately for a handball. It’s finally cleared from the area but the referee brings play to a halt as he discusses a potential penalty with VAR.
11' Carrasco is taken down in midfield by Battaglia - giving Atleti a free-kick just inside Alaves’ half.
9' Lemar takes Atleti’s first corner of the match short to Carrasco, before receiving it again, cutting inside and blazing a shot high over Pacheco’s crossbar. It’s a wasted opportunity for the hosts, who had moved their centre-backs up the pitch in anticipation.
7' Alaves have changed shape slightly, putting Mendez on the left flank in midfield, as opposed to playing up, alongside Joselu. Battaglia has also taken a slightly deeper position just ahead of the defence, with the 4-4-2 looking more like a 4-1-4-1 now.
5' Pellistri goes on a dynamic run towards the byline, getting past Hermoso and firing in a dangerous, low cross which is whacked away immediately by Gimenez.
3' A sloppy start from Atleti, as Correa is unable to get on the end of a simple one-two pass with Suarez, allowing Alaves to get the ball away from their penalty area.
1' Alaves get the match underway from the kick-off! 
Deportivo Alaves make four changes to the XI that drew 1-1 with Cadiz last time out. Navarro replaces Aguirregabiria at right-back, while three changes in midfield see Tomas Pina, the suspended Manu Garcia and Rioja make way for Battaglia, Pons and Jota respectively.
Atletico Madrid make a single change from their 0-0 with Getafe last weekend, as Saul is dropped to the bench in favour of Lemar.
DEPORTIVO ALAVES SUBS: Martin Aguirregabiria, Deyverson, Borja Sainz, Burgui, Luis Rioja, Javi Lopez, Inigo Cordoba, Tachi, Abdallahi Mahmoud, Antonio Sivera.
DEPORTIVO ALAVES XI (4-4-2): Fernando Pacheco; Ximo Navarro, Victor Laguardia, Florian Lejeune, Ruben Duarte; Facundo Pellistri, Rodrigo Battaglia, Pere Pons, Jota; Joselu, Edgar Mendez.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Ivo Grbic, Moussa Dembele, Vitolo, Felipe, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Sime Vrsaljko, Hector Herrera, Renan Lodi, Lucas Torreira, Saul Niguez. 
ATLETICO MADRID XI (3-1-4-2): Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic; Koke; Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier; Luis Suarez, Angel Correa. 
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts! 
Two points adrift of safety with a game in-hand, Deportivo Alaves will be desperate for the win necessary to take them above Eibar and Elche and into 17th position. It’s going to take a herculean effort for the visitors to take all three points, however, as the Basque side have scored the second-fewest and conceded the third-most goals in the top-flight. To break a run of five matches without victory - Abelardo Fernandez’s side will have to win against Atletico Madrid for the first time in 18 years. 
It’s been a tough week for Atletico Madrid - who played out a goalless draw last weekend against Getafe before their 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday knocked them out of the Champions League. Diego Simeone can now turn his sights fully towards LaLiga, where Atleti hold a slim three-point lead ahead of second-place Real Madrid in what is shaping up to be an extremely tight tidal race.
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