Atletico Madrid fail to cut into Barcelona's lead in Betis defeat

Sergio Canales struck from the penalty spot as Simeone's side slipped up in Seville

Antoine Griezmann no vio puerta ante el Betis
Antoine Griezmann no vio puerta ante el Betis | AFP

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Atletico Madrid failed to cut the gap on Barcelona as they fell 1-0 at Real Betis, not capitalising on Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Valencia.

Sergio Canales scored from the penalty spot in the second half after Felipe Luis handled the ball in the area.

Atletico might have had a penalty themselves when Alvaro Morata was brought down in the box by Zou Feddal but nothing was given.

Feddal was denied by Jan Oblak’s excellent save in the first few minutes, with Betis keeping a lot of the ball.

Canales’s strike sent them ahead and Antoine Griezmann hit the post as Atletico looked for an equaliser in vain.

Barcelona lead La Liga by six points, with Atletico second and third place Real Madrid in action later Sunday.

TEAM PUNTOS PLAYED W L D GF GC
Barcelona 50 22 15 5 2 60 25
Atlético 44 22 12 8 2 32 14
Real Madrid 39 21 12 3 6 34 26
Sevilla 36 21 10 6 6 36 23
Getafe 32 22 8 8 6 25 18
Betis 32 22 9 5 8 26 26
Alavés 32 21 9 5 7 22 24
Valencia 30 22 6 12 4 24 20
Real Sociedad 30 22 8 6 8 27 25
Levante 27 22 7 6 9 32 40
Eibar 26 21 6 8 7 26 30
Athletic 26 22 5 11 6 23 28
Valladolid 25 22 6 7 9 19 28
Espanyol 25 22 7 4 11 25 36
Celta 24 22 6 6 10 34 36
Girona 24 21 5 9 7 23 28
Leganés 23 21 5 8 8 20 26
Rayo Vallecano 23 21 6 5 10 25 36
Villarreal 19 22 3 10 9 23 31
Huesca 15 22 3 6 13 21 39

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