Spanish title race as it happened

Live text commentary as Spanish leaders Atletico Madrid and third-placed Real Madrid both drop points in the title race.

4 May 2014 Last updated at 15:42

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  1. 22:10: 

    What is crystal clear is that you would be a fool to miss any of the action over the next two weeks. And guess what? You can follow everything right here on the BBC Sport website.

    On Wednesday, we will have live coverage and a report of Real Madrid's game in hand against Real Valladolid before returning next weekend with more coverage.

    In the meantime, make sure you keep across our dedicated European football page for all the latest news from across the continent. Adios!

  2. 22:06:  
    La Liga title race - remaining fixture

    Atletico Madrid:

    Malaga (H) - 11 May

    Barcelona (A) - 18 May

    Real Madrid:

    Valladolid (A) - 7 May

    Celta Vigo (A) - 11 May

    Espanyol (H) - 18 May


    Elche (A) - 11 May

    Atletico Madrid (H) - 18 May

  3. 22:03:  
    La Liga title race

    Put simply, because there are plenty of mind-blowing permutations, the destiny is in the hands of both long-time leaders Atletico.

    Why? Because if Diego Simeone's men win both of their remaining games - including their tantalising meeting at the Nou Camp on the final day - then they will take the trophy.

  4. 22:00:  
    La Liga title race
    La Liga

    Two weeks to go in the Spanish title race, so what do we know? Well, we know that anything is still possible.

    The three-way battle between Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid looks set to go right down to the final round of fixtures on Sunday 18 May and it is that close you wouldn't bet it going down to the last kick.


    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: "Even by the extraordinarily high standards of Cristiano Ronaldo that goal was both exceptional and crucial! What a player!"

  6. 21:55: 
    FULL-TIME- Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia

    It's all over. A barnstorming finish at the Bernabeu sees Real Madrid earn a hard-fought point against an excellent Valencia side. Will that be a point gained or two lost in the grand scheme of things? Time will tell.

  7. 21:54: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia

    Almost! Real substitute Alvaro Morata escapes the Valencia offside trap to poke Angel Di Maria's low left-wing cross towards goal. But it whizzes past the wrong side of the post and out for a goal kick.

  8. 21:53: 
    Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia

    Time for a dramatic Madrid winner?

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    George Davis: Unbelievable finish from Ronaldo! Game on! Title back on!

  10. 21:50: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia - Cristiano Ronaldo (90+1 mins)

    Wow. This is exactly why Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player on the planet. The Real forward, almost nonchalantly, backheels in Angel Di Maria's cross inside a packed Valencia penalty area to seemingly earn Real a crucial draw. Simply sensational.

  11. 21:49: 
    INJURY TIME- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Five minutes left for Real Madrid to nick at least a leveller. Valencia, who played a gruelling Europa League semi-final on Thursday, have only made one substitution. I'd be hastily scribbling out the paperwork now if I was Juan Antonio Pizzi to waste some precious time.

  12. 21:46: 
    Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Valencia hero Dani Parejo tries to waste a few vital seconds by going down injured before Real take the set-piece and his trick serves its purpose by slowing down the home side's momentum. The corner comes to nothing as the frowns on the Real foreheads crease further.

  13. 21:44: 
    FINAL FIVE- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Time is running out for Real. Anything will do now, with even a point potentially proving vital in the race for La Liga. Angel Di Maria wins a corner to whip the home fans into a frenzy...


    OptaJose: Only Daniel Parejo and Lionel Messi have scored and assisted for the away side in a game at the Bernabeu this season.

  15. 21:44:  
    Italian Serie AFULL-TIME- Milan 1-0 Inter
    Clarence Seedorf

    It is all over in the Milan derby, with Clarence Seedorf's side claiming a narrow victory, a rare Nigel de Jong goal proving enough. Not a classic match by any means, but a great result for Seedorf.

  16. 21:42: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Real throw on young striker Alvaro Morata in their last throw of the tactical dice. He replaces Karim Benzema after some words of encouragement from Real assistant coach Paul Clement. Something along the lines of "Get us a goal son" will suffice.

  17. 21:39: 
    TEN TO GO- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Another entry, another Cristiano Ronaldo chance. That's all I'm writing about at the moment. This time Mr Best Player In The World leaps high into the Madrid air to meet Angel Di Maria's corner, but can only head into the stand behind Valencia's goal. Ten minutes left for Madrid to salvage something.

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    Khalid: I don't think anyone wants to win La Liga!

  19. 21:36: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Gareth Bale slaloms through the Valencia defence like an Olympic skier before crashing into a gate disguised as an away defender on the edge of the area. Cristiano Ronaldo stands menacingly over the ball, before smashing a thunderbolt at goal which Valencia keeper Diego Alves manages to paw clear.

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    Scott O'Neill: Real Madrid win 3 and lose 1 = 91pts. Atletico win 1 lose 1 = 91pts. Barca win 2 = 91pts. Who wins the league?

    If all the sides finish level then it goes to the head-to-head record between the three sides - a mini-league if you like. And that can't be confirmed until Barcelona play Atletico on the final day of the season.

  21. 21:30: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Interesting change for Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti decides to introduce Brazilian holding midfielder Casemiro in place of the more offensive Isco, presumably to free up the attacking talent of Ronaldo, Bale and Di Maria. I'd expect to see young striker Alvaro Morata sooner rather than later if the scoreline stays like this though.

  22. 21:26:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 1-2 Valencia

    Real are a wounded beast and they are desperate to bite back. Cristiano Ronaldo twice goes close as Madrid pin back Valencia. But he can't find a way past Diego Alves and the away team survive.

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    James Gallagher: Gareth Bale needs be involved more in the attacking play - not made much contribution so far.

  24. 21:22: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia - Dani Parejo (65 mins)

    Oh my word. Drama o'clock in the Bernabeu. Ex-Real Madrid youngster Dani Parejo keeps a cool head to precisely convert into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Valencia lead for the second time as Real's players and supporters look perplexed. Carlo Ancelotti's much-loved eyebrow is raised.

  25. 21:20:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 1-1 Valencia

    That is Ramos's fourth goal in the past seven days, following his goal against Osasuna last weekend and the two headers in Wedensday's thumping Champions League win at Bayern Munich. This could be the most important of the lot though, if Los Blancos can find another to nick all three points.

  26. 21:17: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia - Sergio Ramos (60 mins)
    Sergio Ramos

    To paraphrase Girls Aloud: "He's just a goal machine!" Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos is a defender by trade but he has a goalscoring record over the last week that most strikers would be proud of. Ramos stays alert after a Madrid set-piece to pounce on Cristiano Ronaldo header back across goal and nod in from close range.

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    Ben Stephens: Madrid are going to need someone to BALE them out and need a ANGEL (Di Maria) to rescue them.

  28. 21:14: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Goooooaaaa-noooo! Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he has scored as he volleys towards the bottom corner, but the hand of Valencia keeper Diego Alves reaches out to push clear. Top reactions.

  29. 21:13:  
    Italian Serie AGOAL- Milan 1-0 Inter - Nigel de Jong (66 mins)
    Nigel de Jong

    Milan have looked the most likely to score throughout this game and they finally make the breakthrough as Mario Balotelli whips in a free kick and Nigel de Jong rises like a salmon to power home a header.

  30. 21:12: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia

    End to end action as Valencia's Paco Alcácer glancing header is well stopped by Madrid keeper Diego Lopez, before his Los Che counterpart Diego Alves denies Angel Di Maria at the other end.

    Then, Argentina star Di Maria fires just wide as Madrid go hell for leather on the attack. Chaotic scenes in the Bernabeu at the moment.

  31. 21:09: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia

    Howls of fury rain down from the Bernabeu stands as Madrid claim Valencia's Joao Pereira handballs inside his own penalty area. Not a chance.

    Pereira does his best to move his arm out of the way as Angel Di Maria drills the ball at him from two yards. Di Maria goes nuts and talks himself into the referee's notepad with a yellow card.

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    Bradley, via text: If Real Madrid lose tonight and Barcelona win the next two they will be champions, didn't see that happening earlier today.

    Me neither. And if Atletico win their next two matches then they will win. Anyone else getting a permutation-induced headache?

  33. 21:04: 
    HALF-TIME- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia

    Game on again. Huge half ahead for Carlo Ancelotti's men and they show their attacking intent within seconds. Spain international Isco drills a low shot at Valencia keeper Diego Alves, who gathers comfortably.

  34. 21:02: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia

    Madrid are keen to get back into this game - they reappear ahead of the second half a good two minutes before Valencia saunter out to a chorus of jeers. Real also have a different face on the pitch, with Argentina winger Angel Di Maria replacing the more defence-minded Asier Illarramendi.

  35. 21:00:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-1 Valencia
    Spanish La Liga

    Here's a quick reminder of how the La Liga table looked ahead of kick-off at the Bernabeu. Even if I was a betting man then my hard-earned cash would still stay in my pocket - I've not got a clue which club will be shifting up the silverware in their trophy cabinet in a fortnight's time. Any one dare to make a confident prediction? Tweet using #bbceurofooty or text 81111.

  36. 20:59:  
    Italian Serie AMilan 0-0 Inter

    Back under way over in Italy. After a cagey first half, will things open up a bit more?

  37. 20:57:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-1 Valencia

    How many twists and turns are left in this Spanish title race? There has already been plenty over the past few months, but a Valencia win in the Bernabeu, couple with Atletico's defeat at Levante, really puts the cats among the pigeons. Barcelona's players must be sat in front of the television rubbing their hands with glee.

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    Andrew Priestley: A lot of huffing and puffing from Real Madrid in that first half, but to absolutely no avail, and now they're behind. Wasteful.

  39. 20:53: 
    Lies, damned lies and statistics- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia
    Real Madrid v Valencia

    The statistics show that Madrid have enjoyed the better exchanges - but, as Real know better than most after their Champions League win against Bayern Munich, there is only one statistic that counts. That is the scoreline, and that has swung in Valencia's favour.

  40. 20:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia

    Can Madrid muster a response in one minute of added time at the end of the first half? No is the answer.

    Xabi Alonso's deep free-kick is booted clear by the Valencians before the referee toots his half-time whistle. You can hear a pin drop inside the Bernabeu.

  41. 20:45: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 0-1 Valencia - Jeremy Mathieu (44 mins)

    Stunned silence in the Bernabeu as Valencia snatch the lead. Dani Parejo fizzes a left-wing corner down the corridor of uncertainty between Real keeper Diego Lopez and his defence, allowing French defender Jeremy Mathieu to stoop down and head in the opener. That was not in the script...

  42. 20:42: 
    FINAL FIVE- Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    Double chance for Real as we enter the final five minutes of the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo waltzes through the Valencia defence before drawing a smart one-handed stop from keeper Diego Alves, before Gareth Bale picks up the loose ball to tee up Karim Benzema who heads wide.

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    Nkumbu S Kandy: Being a Real fan, I wouldn't mind Atletico winning La Liga as long as we get La Decima. That way, we both win.

  44. 20:40:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    More hope for Valencia, more concern for Real Madrid, as the visitors almost create another golden chance. Again, an orange shirt is left unmarked at the far post, but Valencia striker Paco Alcacer is a toe end from getting a toe end on Sofiane Feghoul's low cross from the right.

  45. 20:37:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    A little bit of anxiety creeps into Madrid's play as Cristiano Ronaldo becomes fed up with pretty passing. The Portuguese superstar takes matters into his own hands and lashes a speculative effort well over the Valencia bar.

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    Chelsea Forever: Got to agree with John (see 1954). I just can't see Atleti beating Barca and this current Real side has confidence, enough not to slip.

  47. 20:35:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    Every time Gareth Bale picks up possession a huge roar goes around the Bernbeu. The Welshman launches another swift counter attack, setting Karim Benzema galloping free down the left channel of the Valencia box. However, the France striker cannot trouble away keeper Diego Alves from an acute angle.

  48. 20:34:  
    Italian Serie AHALF-TIME- Milan 0-0 Inter

    Goalless at the break, with Milan having the better of it so far.

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    Yaz Sotv: Strange that AC & Inter Milan share their stadium. Imagine if Man Utd & Man City - OR - Liverpool & Everton did the same??

  50. 20:29:  
    Italian Serie AMilan 0-0 Inter

    AC Milan are well on top with the attacking prowess of Adel Taarabt, Mario Balotelli and Kaka causing Inter all sorts of problems. Only the woodwork prevents the hosts from taking the lead as Kaka smashes a shot against the crossbar.

  51. 20:28: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Just as I say that, Real Madrid up the tempo. Karim Benzema pokes a pass through the middle of the Valencia defence to team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Ballon d'Or winner holds off a Valencia marker and fires a fierce first-time shot which is blocked by keeper Diego Alves.

  52. 20:26:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    Valencia gaffer Juan Antonio Pizzi looks like a shady character from The Godfather as he prowls the touchline with his slick-backed mop and ill-fitting suit. He's certainly someone I would listen to if he was my boss, as he barks instructions at his Valencia players. All going well in the opening 25 minutes for the ex-Spain striker, who I'm sure bears no character traits of an Italian-American mobster...

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    Will Chambers, via text: Atletico are team of the season, club of the season! They will be desperately unlucky not to win at least one trophy.

  54. 20:20:  
    Spanish La LigaHITS THE WOODWORK- Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    Carlo Ancelotti's side really need to keep up that blistering tempo of the opening stages and bury Valencia early doors. Then, they can begin to relax.

    However, it is the visitors who almost take a shock lead! Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo is given the freedom of the Real penalty area to meet a right-wing cross with his forehead. But the ex-QPR man plants it too close to home keeper Diego Lopez, who tips the ball on to his crossbar. Should have scored there, Dani lad.

  55. 20:16:  
    Italian Serie AMilan 0-0 Inter

    Still goalless in the Milan derby but the home side go close to taking the lead as Adel Taarabt plays a delightful slide rule pass to pick out Mattia De Sciglio in space, but the defender fires into the sidenetting.

  56. 20:13:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    Valencia have managed to weather that early Madrid storm and begin to enjoy some possession in the Real half. The hosts are content to sit back and watch Los Che pass around the ball without making an incisive ball forward.

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    Matthew Peel: Atletico deserve this title. In the last seven years they've had to sell Torres, Aguero, Forlan, Falcao. And look who Real buy.

  58. 20:08: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    High tempo start for Real as they come racing out of the starting blocks. Fast and furious stuff as France striker Karim Benzema heads over the Valencia crossbar. Again, Gareth Bale is the architect with a deep cross from the right byline.

  59. 20:05: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia
    Real Madrid v Valencia

    When Cristiano Ronaldo bears down on goal one on one with the goalkeeper, there is only one outcome right? Wrong. The Portugal skipper can't believe he hasn't converted Gareth Bale's slick pass. Valencia stopper Diego Alves spreads himself well to make a big save.

  60. 20:02: 
    KICK-OFF- Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia

    Valencia, who were the last side other than Real or Barcelona to win the Spanish title, kick things off inside a buoyant Bernabeu. Game on.

  61. 20:00: 
    LINE-UPS- Real Madrid v Valencia (20:00 BST)

    Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Varane, Ramos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Alonso, Carvajal, Isco, Illarra. Subs: Casillas, Coentrao, Khedira, Casemiro, Nacho, Morata, Di Maria.

    Valencia: Diego Alves, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu, Joao Pereira, Keita, Javi Fuego, Feghouli, Dani Parejo, Juan Bernat, Vargas, Paco Alcacer. Subs: Ruben Vezo, Jonas, Guaita, Barragan, Michel, Vinicius Araujo, Cartabia.

  62. 19:57: 
    Real Madrid v Valencia (20:00 BST)

    Aaaah, Real skipper Sergio Ramos gives team-mate Marcelo a quick peck on the cheek as the teams line up in the tunnel. You wouldn't get that at Elland Road or Turf Moor.

    The Bernabeu boys look very relaxed as Cristiano Ronaldo backslaps each of his pals on their way onto the pitch. Confident stuff.

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    John McEnerney: Don't fancy Atletico Madrid beating Barcelona on the last day, might be asking too much. Great season none the less but no silverware I'm afraid.

    Agree or disagree with John? Will Atletico end up with two, one or no silverware in their trophy cabinet in a fortnight's time? Tell us using #bbceurofooty on Twitter or via text via 81111.

  64. 19:54:  
    Italian Serie AMilan 0-0 Inter

    Our main focus may well be on Real Madrid's game against Valencia, but we will also be keeping an eye on events over in Italy as Milan host Inter.

    Even though Milan are mired in midtable these derby matches always promise to be spicy. Inter have an added desire to pick up three points as they currently occupy the final Europa League place in Serie A.

    That game has just got under way.


    OptaJose: Real Madrid are unbeaten in nine league meetings with Valencia (W7 D2), only failing to score in one of those games (0-0 in 2012).

  66. 19:50: 
    Real Madrid v Valencia (20:00 BST)

    Third-placed Real are six points behind Atletico having played two games fewer, meaning they need to beat Valencia to maintain the pressure.

    But Carlo Ancelotti's side need Atletico to slip up again in their final two matches against Malaga and Barcelona. That's because Atletico would be crowned champions if the teams finish level on points given their superior head-to-head record.

    The Spanish title race is more complicated than Jennifer Aniston's love life, with plenty of different permutations. So put very simply - it is still in Atletico's hands. Got that? Good.

  67. 19:45: 
    Real Madrid v Valencia (20:00 BST)

    It might be one of the oldest cliches going, but today really is a 'game of two halves' for you European football fans.

    After a cheeky orange and a generous spray of Deep Heat, we are trotting back out after a well-earned break and limbering for the rest of the action.

    Earlier, we saw Atletico Madrid's title bid take a blow with a shock 2-0 defeat at Levante. Now it is time to see if Real Madrid can take advantage.

  68. 18:00: 

    So with that, it is over to Real Madrid. They host Valencia at 20:00 BST now knowing a win will move them to within three points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with a game in hand. I'm going to rest my typing fingers for a little while but we will back with more live text commentary before Gareth Bale et al take centre stage. Join us again then.

  69. 17:55:  
    Spanish La LigaAs it stands- Top of La Liga

    Atletico Madrid P: 36 Pts: 88

    Barcelona P: 36 Pts: 85

    Real Madrid P: 34 Pts: 82

  70. 17:48:  
    Spanish La LigaFULL-TIME- Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid
    Atletico Madrid

    It is all over and Atletico Madrid fans rub their faces with frustration. Some unsavoury scenes after the final whistle as Levante's Pape Diop has to be pulled away from a group of players from both sides by Diego Costa. It has been a day to forget for Atletico, but if they win their two remaining games, they win the title. They would have undoubtedly preferred to have picked up three points at Levante though, with Barcelona to come on the final day.

  71. 17:46:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico Madrid fans burst into voice as they attempt one-last rallying cry. Arda Turan hits an effort goalwards but it is straight at Keylor Navas, before the fourth official shows three minutes of added time.

  72. 17:42:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Filipe Luis sweeps an effort through a crowd of players inside the area, but wide of the post - a shot that has summed up Atletico's performance so far. Plenty of promise in the build-up, poor with the final action.

  73. 17:39:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Just two shots on target for Levante but they have made the most of the few chances that have come their way. Atletico have dominated possession and peppered shots around the Levante goal, but have not tested goalkeeper Keylor Navas enough.

  74. 17:35:  
    Spanish La LigaLast 10- Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Into the final 10 minutes and time is running out for Atletico to rescue anything from this game. They continue to push forward but need to make their chances count.

  75. 17:33:  
    Spanish La LigaHITS THE WOODWORK- Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Nothing is going Atletico Madrid's way as Adrian Lopez superbly brings a ball into the area under the control with his first touch then sidefoots an effort with his second that looks certain to nestle in the far corner of the goal. However, just as Lopez readies himself to wheel away in celebration, the ball clips the outside of post and bounces clear.

  76. 17:28:  
    Spanish La LigaWhat it means- Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Just to reiterate, a defeat here will not be terminal to Atletico's hopes of winning their first La Liga since 1996. Clearly it is not ideal, but Diego Simeone's men know they cannot be caught by either Real Madrid or Barcelona if they win two of their final three matches.

    If they do that then Real can only draw level on points with Atletico, who would be crowned champions courtesy of their superior head-to-head record over their illustrious neighbours - not goal difference - if they are both tied on points.

  77. 17:23: 
    GOAL- Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid - David Barral (69 mins)

    Atletico fans thought they came to Valencia for the start of a party but they look set to be leaving dejected as Levante stun them with a second. It had been all Atletico but Levante hit them with their first real chance of the second half, David Barral smashes in from close range, injuring himself in the process. He won't care though.

  78. 17:22:  
    Spanish La LigaCLOSE!- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid
    Diego Costa

    Atletico go even closer as Diego fires in an inviting free kick aimed towards the far post. Diego Costa peels away from his marker and sticks out a boot but the ball hits the top of his foot and goes wide. Moments later, Toby Alderweireld's long-range shot is superbly thumped away by Keylor Navas.

  79. 17:19:  
    Spanish La LigaCLOSE!- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Loukas Vyntra prevents Filipe Luis from making amends for his earlier own goal as the Levante defender hacks away his low goalbound shot. Atletico are getting closer...

  80. 17:17:  
    Spanish La LigaYELLOW CARD- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    David Barral is booked when he goes in strongly for a challenge Diego Godin and the home fans are furious because the whistle came just as Barral was about to send Ruben Garcia clear.

  81. 17:13:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Diego Simeone's double substitution seems to have had the desired impact, with Arda Turan in particular causing Levante problems. The home side are firmly camped inside their own half but Atletico are not yet making their possession count as Diego Costa makes a half-hearted appeal for a penalty when he falls in the area, not given.

  82. 17:08:  
    Spanish La LigaYELLOW CARD- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico's Tiago is the first player to go into the book after a rash challenge most likely born out of frustration after Levante's Juanfran threw himself at an Arda Turan shot.

  83. 17:08:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Diego Costa leads a three-man Atletico attack as he scampers goalwards before feeding a pass to Adrian Lopez just inside the area. The forward attempts to squeeze a shot past a Levante defender but is unsuccessful and the ball deflects wide.

  84. 17:02:  
    Spanish La LigaKICK-OFF- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    No messing from Atletico boss Diego Simeone as he accepts his first-half plan was not working and brings on two pairs of fresh legs. Back under way.

  85. 17:01:  
    Spanish La LigaSUBSTITUTION- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Adrian and Arda Turan are on for Atletico at half time, with David Villa and Raul Garcia making way.

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    Scott Lennon: Real can win title if Atletico drop 4 points. With Barca away to come they can scarcely afford a defeat here.

  87. 16:56:  
    Italian Serie AFULL-TIME

    Here's a full round-up of all the matches which have already taken place in Italy today...

    Catania 4-1 Roma

    Chievo Verona 0-1 Torino

    Genoa 0-0 Bologna

    Parma 2-0 Sampdoria

    Udinese 5-3 Livorno

  88. 16:54:  
    Italian Serie A

    While Spanish hopefuls Atletico toil in Valencia, another team is celebrating title success just across the Mediterranean Sea in Italy.

    As we told you earlier, Juventus secured their third straight Italian title after nearest rivals Roma suffered a head-scratching defeat at rock-bottom Catania.

    Needing a win to keep their slim hopes alive, Roma fell 2-0 behind through captain Mariano Izco's quickfire double around the half-hour mark. Roma skipper Francesco Totti halved the deficit before half-time, but Gonzalo Bergessio and Pablo Barrientos clinched Catania's win after the break.

  89. 16:52:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    While defeat would be damaging for Atletico Madrid, they would arguably still be in the driving seat for the title. They just need to win two of their final three games but they will unlikely want to have to go to Barcelona in their final game needing a result to win the title.

  90. 16:45:  
    Spanish La LigaHALF-TIME- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid
    Diego Simeone

    The whistle goes to signal the end of the half and there will be more than a few smiling faces in the sports bars around Madrid and Barcelona. Atletico did recover from a one-goal deficit against Chelsea in midweek, surely Levante cannot keep them at bay for another 45 minutes?

  91. 16:44:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Levante are passing the ball around with confidence but offering little in the final third, with Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois having been little more than a spectator since he was left scrambling by Filipe Luis's unfortunate own goal. Instead, Atletico attack again as Diego Costa tries to get ahead of Keylor Navas for a ball into the area, but the Levante keeper wins that battle. Atletico boss Diego Simeone is deep in thought in his technical area. Contemplating a half-time change, perhaps?

  92. 16:40:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico go close as Toby Alderweireld drives a low effort from a tricky angle towards the near post but Keylor Navas is quick to get down and beat the shot away. Better from the visitors.

  93. 16:36:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago whacks in another diagonal ball into the area but it flies straight into the hands of home goalkeeper Keylor Navas. However, both sides could probably count themselves lucky not to be a man down after Diego Costa and Mohamed Sissoko get involved in a bit of handbags as they waited for the ball to be fired into the area. Costa elbows Sissoko, who retaliates by pushing the striker in the face.

  94. 16:31:  
    Spanish La Liga
    La Liga table

    This is the table as it looked prior to the game. A win would give Atletico a pretty comfortable cushion over Barcelona but defeat would leave things looking mightily tasty at the top heading into the final couple of games. Atletico currently lead by three points and although Real Madrid trail by six, they currently have two games in hand.

  95. 16:27:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico keep trying to send in long diagonal balls towards Diego Costa but the vast majority are fizzing over the striker's head. Aside from Raul Garcia's shot, Levante have not really let Atletico have a sniff of goal in the opening half hour.

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    Jason De Vincentis: Great to see a packed house at Levante. Spanish football revitalised with Atletico's rise to the top.

  97. 16:22:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid
    Diego Costa

    A smart ball through the Levante defence sends Diego Costa clear and he races goalwards, only to be pulled back when he is deemed to have strayed offside. Replays suggest he might just have been on, close though.

  98. 16:18:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    It is all Atletico at the moment as they chase a swift equaliser and a nice move on the right sees Raul Garcia in space. He crosses but his ball into the middle of the area is over the head of Diego Costa and Levante clear.

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    Andrew Priestley: Are Atletico finally starting to crack under the immense title pressure? We'll find out now if they are the real deal or not.

  100. 16:12:  
    Spanish La LigaCLOSE!- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    That early goal for Levante has sparked Atletico into life and only a superb save by goalkeeper Keylor Navas keeps them at bay as he flings himself at Raul Garcia's rasping shot on the turn. The loose ball falls to David Villa but he smashes a first-time effort high over the bar.

  101. 16:05:  
    Spanish La LigaGOAL- Levante 1-0 Atletico Madrid - Filipe Luis OG (7 mins)

    An early shock as Levante take the lead when Pape Diop's low corner strikes the unwitting Filipe Luis and deflects out of the reach of Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois and into his own net. Atletico have not won at Levante since 2007-08 season, could their bad run of form in Valencia be set to continue?

  102. 16:01:  
    Spanish La LigaKICK-OFF- Levante 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    It has been quite the week for Atletico Madrid after they won 3-1 at Chelsea in midweek to secure their place in the Champions League final. How much will that game have taken out of them? Time to find out as Levante get things under way.

  103. 15:58:  
    Spanish La LigaLINE-UPS- Levante v Atletico Madrid (16:00 BST)

    Levante: Navas, David Navarro, Juanfran, Pedro Lopez, Vyntra, Diop, Sissoko, Simao Junior, Ruben Garcia, Victor, David Barral.

    Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Alderweireld, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Raul Garcia, Villa, Diego Costa.

  104. 15:54:  
    Italian Serie ABREAKING NEWS

    Juventus win the Serie A title for the third successive year after second place Roma lose 4-1 at Catania.

    The Old Lady has 93 points, eight ahead of Roma, whose defeat means they can are no longer able to reach first place.

    It means there will be a party atmosphere on Monday when Juventus take on Atalanta knowing that the title is theirs.

  105. 15:53:  
    Spanish La LigaBarca slip up- Barcelona 2-2 Getafe

    Atletico Madrid could have won the title this weekend but needed both Real Madrid and Barcelona to lose. Barca played Getafe on Saturday and although they were not beaten, they were held to a damaging 2-2 draw, Angel Lafita firing in a last-minute equaliser.

    They trail Atletico by three points but that could become six in 90 minutes, with Diego Simeone's side having a game in hand. Real Madrid are in action this evening, when they host Valencia at 20:00 BST.

  106. 15:48:  
    Spanish La LigaLevante v Atletico Madrid (16:00 BST)
    La Liga trophy

    Hello! Welcome to our latest venture into the world of European football, which kicks off in the Spanish coastal city of Valencia as Levante play host to this year's domestic and continental surprise package Atletico Madrid.

    It has been 18 years since the red and white half of Madrid saw their team's name etched on the La Liga trophy. Eighteen long years in which they have had to watch on as Real fans celebrated winning Spain's biggest domestic prize on six occasions.

    Now, though, they are as close as they have ever been to ending that wait. Nine straight wins have propelled Diego Simeone's side into pole position in the title race and another victory today would put them on the verge of wresting the trophy out of holders Barcelona's grasp.

  107. 15:45:  
    Spanish La LigaNow they believe...- Levante v Atletico Madrid (16:00 BST)
    Atletico Madrid

    "They don't have the depth to maintain a challenge", "they will tire come January", "they are too reliant on Diego Costa".

    Back in November, Atletico Madrid's title challenge was largely laughed off by many observers who did not believe they had the legs to truly threaten the Barcelona-Real Madrid La Liga duopoly.

    Now, with just three games remaining they sit proudly at the top of the table, three points clear of Barca, six ahead of Real. Two more wins and they will be crowned champions for the first time since 1996.

    Is anyone doubting their credentials now?

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League Table

Spanish La Liga summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Real Madrid 25 52 61
No movement 2 Barcelona 25 55 59
No movement 3 Atl Madrid 25 28 54
No movement 4 Valencia 25 24 53
No movement 5 Sevilla 25 12 46
No movement 6 Villarreal 25 16 45
No movement 7 Málaga 25 0 41
No movement 8 Celta de Vigo 25 1 32
No movement 9 Espanyol 25 -4 32
No movement 10 Ath Bilbao 25 -9 30
No movement 11 Rayo Vallecano 25 -15 29
No movement 12 Real Sociedad 25 -8 27
No movement 13 Eibar 25 -9 27
No movement 14 Getafe 25 -13 26
No movement 15 Deportivo de La Coruña 25 -18 25
No movement 16 Almería 25 -17 24
No movement 17 Elche 25 -23 24
No movement 18 Levante 25 -27 22
No movement 19 Granada CF 25 -24 19
No movement 20 Córdoba 25 -21 18

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