Leader Atletico returned to La Liga on Sunday thanks to a hard-fought 2-0 victory in Villarreal and expanded the lead on the chasers Barcelona and Real to five and six points, respectively.
Compared to 0-1 against Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League, Diego Simeone moved to Atletico only once: Vrsaljko started instead of Joao Felix (Bank). At Villarreal, the ex-porter Paco Alcacer was missing in the short term with muscular problems.
In the first 20 minutes, the game was extremely tactical, with slight advantages for Villarreal. It took up to the 24th minute before Saul Niguez forced Keeper Sergio Asenjo to intervene. But even after the following corner it was 1-0 for Atleti: Savic climbed up to the header – and scored by billiard goal, because Asenjo repelled on the line, but the ball was then involuntarily pushed over his own line by defenseman Pedraza (25th). In a balanced match, the Rojiblancos remained more effective. Joao Felix punished Pau with a 2-0 (69th).