Atlético held 1-1 by Almería in Spanish league


MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid is at risk of dropping out of the Champions League spots after being held to a 1-1 draw at Almería in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Ángel Correa put Atlético ahead in the 18th minute but El Bilal Touré equalized for the hosts in the 37th. The result left Atlético hanging on to fourth place, tied on points with Villarreal and Real Betis, which has a game in hand.

Atlético defender Sergio Reguilón entered the match as a substitute in the 67th but was sent off with consecutive yellow cards in the 89th.

Atlético was coming off a 1-0 home loss to leader Barcelona, which is 13 points ahead of Atlético.

Barcelona, Betis, Real Madrid and Valencia aren’t playing in the league this weekend because of the Spanish Super Cup taking place in Saudi Arabia. Barcelona and Madrid play the final later Sunday.

Almería, winless in three straight league games, stayed in 13th place.

Earlier Sunday, Espanyol moved further from the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Getafe, with Joselu scoring the opening goal for the hosts with a shot from near the halfway line as the Getafe goalkeeper got caught out of position.

Defending league champion Madrid is in second place and Real Sociedad, which beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Basque Country derby on Saturday, is third.


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