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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Kevin Gameiro (78' PEN)
  • Ángel Correa (90'+5')

Kevin Gameiro's late goal gives Atletico Madrid victory against Alaves

ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid stayed mathematically in the La Liga title race, for a few hours at least, with a 1-0 victory over Alaves.

They left it late, with Kevin Gameiro scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the 78th minute after Mubarak Wakaso was adjudged to have handled.

It was the second penalty Wakaso had given away in less than 10 minutes, with a foul on Vitolo prompting the referee to point to the spot in the 71st minute only for stand-in keeper Fernando Pacheco to deny Fernando Torres.

Atletico will certainly feel they fully merited the three points, with Vitolo also hitting a post.

The result leaves Diego Simeone's side eight points behind Barca with three matches left, but the leaders have two games in hand and can wrap things up when they face Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening.

More importantly perhaps, the victory restored Atletico's four-point lead over their city rivals Real Madrid after their win against Leganes on Saturday.

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Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +16 24
2 Sevilla FC 12 +10 23
3 Atletico Madrid 12 +8 23
4 Alavés 12 +5 23
5 Espanyol 12 +6 21
6 Real Madrid 12 +4 20
7 Real Valladolid 12 0 17
8 Levante 12 -1 17
9 Girona 12 -1 17
10 Real Sociedad 12 +1 16
11 Getafe 12 +1 16
12 Real Betis 12 -3 16
13 Eibar 12 -6 15
14 Celta Vigo 12 +2 14
15 Valencia 12 -1 14
16 Villarreal 12 -2 11
17 Athletic Bilbao 12 -6 10
18 Leganes 12 -7 10
19 Rayo Vallecano 12 -11 7
20 Huesca 12 -15 6