Atletico Madrid might have to work harder to make their hope of winning La Liga title again come true. They still managed to stay on top but only with one point margin with the reigning Champions Madrid and separated by two points with Barcelona. They must win in each and every game as only eight games remain. Last weekend, Jan Oblak and Co could only muster a 1-1 draw while travelling to Andalusia again. Yet, this time they faced off Real Betis. Without the injured Luis Suarez, Diego Simeone’s side was struggling to score after an early goal from Yannick Carrasco. They even had to concede through Christian Tello.

Meanwhile, El Classico this season seemed to be in favour of Los Blancos. They secured another win against their archrival, Barcelona, whose defensive frailties once again was exposed too early and too often. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos took the advantage to give Madrid their lead, whereas Blaugrana could only reply once through Oscar Miguenza. The Catalan side had several decent chances from Messi and Ilaix Moriba but only hit the crossbar. Zidane’s men had some other chances to extend their lead by Federico Valverde and Vinicius Jr but also only rattled the goal frame. The title race is now even potentially getting tighter with Sevilla joining. Their 4-3 victory against Celta on Monday put them on the fourth with 61 points, just four points away from Barcelona. The next eight weeks ahead will be decisive for all of them.

Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid 1-1

Goals: Cristian Tello (20); Yannick Carrasco (5)

Betis: Claudio Bravo – Alex Moreno, Emerson, Marc Bartra, Mandi –  Sergio Canales, Guido Rodriguez (William Carvalho 90), Aitor Ruibal (Diego Lainez 75), Juaquin (Juanmi 63), Cristian Tello – Nabil Fekir

Atletico: Jan Oblak – Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso (Renan Lodi 63), Jose Gimenez – Hector Herrera (Vitolo 63), Yannick Carrasco, Koke, Saul Niguez, Kieran Trippier (Sime Vrsaljko 78) – Angel Correa, Joao Felix (Lucas Torerira 48)

Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2-1

Goals: Karim Benzema (13), Toni Kroos (28); Oscar Mingueza (60)

Real Madrid : Thibault Cortois – Ferland Mendy, Nacho, Eder Militao, Lucas Vazquez (Alvaro Odriozola 43)–  Toni Kroos (Isco 69), Luka Modric, Federico Valverde (Marco Asencio 61) Casemiro,  Vinicius Junior (Marcelo 72)– Karim Benzema (Mariano Diaz 72)

Barcelona : Marc Ter-Stegen  –  Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo (Ilaix Moraiba 72) –  Sergino Dest (Antoine Griezmann 46), Frankie de Jong, Sergio Busquets (Sergi Roberto 64), Jordi Alba – Leo Messi, Ousmane Dembele (Martin Braithwaite 81), Pedri (Trincao 81)

Other results:

Celta Vigo vs Sevilla 3-4

Valencia vs Real Sociedad 2-2

Real Valladolid vs Granada 1-2

Eibar vs Levante 0-1

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves 0-0

Getafe vs Cadiz 0-1

Huesca vs Elche 3-1

Villareal vs Osasuna 1-2