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LaLiga Matchweek 19 report: Suarez extends Atletico's lead at the top in controversial fashion at Eibar (1-2)

Atletico Madrid increased their lead at the top of LaLiga Santander to seven points with a victory at Ipurua and they still have a game in hand over second-placed Real Madrid.

The home side took the lead after 12 minutes in unusual circumstances with goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic beating opposite number Jan Oblak from the spot. The Serbian confidently stroked the ball low and to the left, while Oblak dived the other way.

Atletico managed to get over their surprise and level the game five minutes before half time. Luis Suarez showed good hustle to chase down a clearance gone wrong before finishing well across goal from a narrow angle on the right-hand side.

Diego Simeone made two changes at half time, introducing Joao Felix and Lucas Torreira in place of Thomas Lemar and Angel Correa.

Atleti continued to push for the winner throughout the second half but their dominance of the ball led to few chances.

Their urgency stepped up in the closing stages and Dmitrovic made an excellent save to deny Joao Felix in the 86th minute, shortly after Yannick Carrasco sent a freekick over the bar.

Two minutes later, the visitors had a penalty after a VAR call judged Anaitz Arbilla to have fouled Suarez.

The Uruguayan himself stepped up and, seemingly oblivious to the pressure, dinked a cool Panenka over Dmitrovic.

Eibar had a strong shout for a penalty in stoppage time after Stefan Savic appeared to control the ball with his arm in the box, but nothing was given and Atletico leave Gipuzkoa with all three points.

Source: Marca / Andrew McDougall

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