MADRID: Real Madrid gave Atletico Madrid an extra tonic to win the title after a 0-0 draw with Getafe in La Liga earlier this morning.
Atletico thrashed Eibar 5-0 to revive the title and the victory was even more valuable after Real Madrid’s goalless draw at the Alfonso Perez Coliseum.
It means Atletico are back to creating an advantage on the podium from one point to three over Real while Barcelona, who still have one game in hand after winning the Copa del Rey, are five points behind.
Sevilla could also join the hunt after they beat Real Sociedad 2-1 but are six points clear of Atletico.
Real Madrid went through a good two weeks after beating Barcelona in the Clasico last week and eliminating Liverpool in two Champions League quarter-finals.
But the injury problem meant the squad had to hold on and the match really had an impact.
“I’m not worried,” Zinedine Zidane said. “A lot is going to happen, a lot of players aren’t playing, but that’s the situation. We’re going to keep going.”
Zidane brought just 13 senior players to Getafe and is still considering whether to rest Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema.
Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vazquez are all injured while Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal are not ready to return.