Atletico Madrid were knocked off the top of La Liga by Real Madrid after a disappointing defeat at Almeria.

Diego Simeone's men crashed to their second league defeat of the campaign after two late goals for relegation-threatened Almeria.

Verza's cross opened the scoring with 10 minutes left before the midfielder doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Atletico goalkeeper Dani Aranzubia was sent off for fouling Sundy Zongo in the build-up to the penalty.

The visitors had made all three of their substitutes, leaving midfielder Gabi to go in goal for the final five minutes on a miserable night for them.

Real Madrid had beaten Villarreal 4-2 earlier in the evening to move level on points with their city rivals.

But, with the chance to return three points clear of La Liga, Atletico produced one of their worst performances of the season to drop below Real on goal difference.

Atletico led La Liga outright for the first time since their double-winning season in 1995-96 after a 4-0 over Real Sociedad on 2 February.

But just six days later, they have lost the advantage with Barcelona also able to move ahead of them with a win at Sevilla on Sunday.

For 79 minutes neither side looked capable of scoring, until Almeria's Aleix Vidal had a shot from the edge of the area hit both posts.

The visitors failed to heed the warning and were behind a minute later when Verza whipped in a cross from the left wing, and the ball went over Aranzubia and into the net.

To seal a miserable night for Atletico, Aranzubia received a harsh red card for pulling back Zongo after his clearance had hit the striker.

And, with makeshift goalkeeper Gabi going the wrong way, Verza made sure of victory from the spot.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Almería

  • 01 Andrés Suárez
  • 20 Ramos Lozano
  • 16 Dubarbier Booked
  • 31 Azeez
  • 05 Trujillo
  • 02 Torsiglieri
  • 17 Fernández Saez (García Pérez-Roldán - 90' )
  • 07 García Rabasco
  • 19 Sundy Zongo (Díaz González - 93' )
  • 23 Soriano Booked (Rodrigues Barbosa - 58' )
  • 08 Vidal Parreu

Substitutes

  • 03 Silva Fernández
  • 04 Martínez
  • 06 Tébar
  • 09 Díaz González
  • 11 Rodrigues Barbosa
  • 15 García Pérez-Roldán
  • 25 Cuesta Díaz

Atlético Madrid

  • 01 Aranzubia Dismissed
  • 17 Manquillo
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 08 Raúl García Booked (Adrián - 77' )
  • 05 Tiago (Suárez - 67' )
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 21 Diego Booked (Sosa - 68' )
  • 10 Turan

Substitutes

  • 04 Suárez
  • 07 Adrián
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 22 Insúa
  • 24 Sosa
  • 41 Bounou
Ref: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
Att: 16,000

Match Stats

Shots

7 12

On target

3 1

Corners

2 1

Fouls

21 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Almería 2, Atlético de Madrid 0.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Almería 2, Atlético de Madrid 0.

90:00 +4:45

Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:45

Foul by Óscar Díaz (Almería).

90:00 +2:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Almería. Óscar Díaz replaces Jonathan.

90:00 +1:14

Attempt blocked. Javier Manquillo (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:52

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.

89:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Almería. Corona replaces Suso.

85:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Almería 2, Atlético de Madrid 0. Verza (Almería) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

84:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Daniel Aranzubia (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the red card.

83:42

Penalty conceded by Daniel Aranzubia (Atlético de Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

83:42

Penalty Almería. Jonathan draws a foul in the penalty area.

82:02

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Daniel Aranzubia.

82:00

Attempt saved. Aleix Vidal (Almería) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan.

81:30

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:30

Foul by Rafita (Almería).

79:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Almería 1, Atlético de Madrid 0. Verza (Almería) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Suso following a corner.

78:45

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Diego Godín.

78:42

Attempt blocked. Aleix Vidal (Almería) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Sebastián Dubarbier.

77:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Raúl García.

76:00

Aleix Vidal (Almería) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Sebastián Dubarbier following a fast break.

75:33

José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:33

Foul by Sebastián Dubarbier (Almería).

74:47

Attempt saved. José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

73:53

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:53

Foul by Ángel Trujillo (Almería).

68:50

Attempt missed. Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Arda Turan.

68:32

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:32

Foul by Ángel Trujillo (Almería).

67:59

Attempt missed. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

67:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Diego.

66:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Mario Suárez replaces Tiago because of an injury.

66:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:57

Delay in match Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

64:57

Delay in match Hélder Barbosa (Almería) because of an injury.

64:14

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.

59:28

Attempt missed. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Diego.

58:12

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gabi following a set piece situation.

57:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Almería. Hélder Barbosa replaces Fernando Soriano.

57:02 Booking

Booking Suso (Almería) is shown the yellow card.

56:53

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:53

Foul by Suso (Almería).

55:16

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

55:10

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:10

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

54:18 Booking

Booking Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:16

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

54:16

Fernando Soriano (Almería) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:08

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

51:08

Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:43

Attempt missed. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arda Turan.

48:35

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

47:17

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:17

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

46:59

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:59

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

46:29

Attempt blocked. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan.

45:00

Second Half begins Almería 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Almería 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

45:00

Ángel Trujillo (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:26 Booking

Booking Fernando Soriano (Almería) is shown the yellow card.

42:08

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:08

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

40:20

Attempt missed. Suso (Almería) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ramón Azeez.

38:01

Javier Manquillo (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:01

Foul by Jonathan (Almería).

37:03

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:03

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

36:25

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:25

Foul by Jonathan (Almería).

35:24

Attempt missed. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tiago.

33:44

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:44

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

32:45

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:45

Foul by Aleix Vidal (Almería).

30:33

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

30:33

Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:11

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:11

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

28:57

Attempt blocked. Suso (Almería) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafita.

24:18

Attempt missed. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tiago.

22:18 Booking

Booking Diego (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:11

Foul by Diego (Atlético de Madrid).

22:11

Ramón Azeez (Almería) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:37

Attempt missed. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diego.

20:28

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:28

Foul by Verza (Almería).

15:25

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

15:25

Verza (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:49

Attempt missed. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arda Turan.

8:28

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:28

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

4:53

Foul by Suso (Almería).

4:53

Javier Manquillo (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:02

Verza (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:02

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

2:21

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:21

Foul by Suso (Almería).

1:10

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:10

Foul by Aleix Vidal (Almería).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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