Roundup: Atlético’s Close Victory Crushes Real’s Hopes


Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, center, against Real Madrid. He scored the winning goal.

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Antoine Griezmann scored a goal early in the second half to give Atlético Madrid a 1-0 win at Real Madrid on Saturday, keeping Atlético’s title hopes alive and virtually ending Real’s chances in the Spanish league.

Griezmann scored with a left-footer in the 53rd minute after a cross by left back Filipe Luís, helping visiting Atlético pull to within 5 points of first-place Barcelona, which hosts Sevilla on Sunday.

Real Madrid could drop to 12 points behind Barcelona if Barcelona wins on Sunday.

The loss was Real Madrid’s first at home since a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Barcelona in November. The team had won seven straight at home.

Fans jeered Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, calling for his resignation. After the final whistle, many fans waved white handkerchiefs to show their displeasure with him. Some protested outside the stadium,…

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