The league leaders Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 in Levante on Wednesday and offered rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona more hope of returning to the title race

Levante went in the 17th Minute lead after squeezing the group helped win the ball halfway through and Jorge de Frutos sped up the pitch before moving on to Enis Bardhi, who scored a composed finish

Atletico equalized just before the break with a speculative shot by Marcos Llorente, who heavily deflected the head of Levante defender Roger Pier from goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez

The game, postponed at the beginning of the season, gave Atletico an opportunity to move further away from closest challenger Real Madrid but a second draw in three games only got them 55 points

You are still in the driver’s seat for a first title since 2014, but lead Real with six points and one game in hand. Barca are third with 46

“We don’t look at the point difference, we won a point today and we don’t care about the gap, we will continue to focus on winning every game,” said Atletico keeper Jan Oblak

“We played well, but a defensive mistake cost us a goal. After that they didn’t have many chances and we really missed clear chances and it was bad luck that we didn’t win”

Levante is in eleventh place but has a strong record against the top teams and took a 2-1 win at Real last month

Atletico should have taken the lead shortly after the break when Angel Correa shot way over the bar as the ball landed in the area at his feet

Llorente came close with another goal from distance that shot wide, while Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez blocked the efforts of the league’s top scorer Luis Suarez and midfielder Saul Niguez, who also had a late offside goal

But Diego Simeone’s team were lucky enough to take a point out of the game as Oblak only saved a volley to prevent Levante’s Carlos Clerc from sneaking a volley into the net in the closing stages

The two teams will meet again on Saturday at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the second leg

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