Elche 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone's men shocked by bottom club

Elche 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone’s men miss chance to leapfrog rivals Real Madrid into second as hosts win just their fourth game of the season

  • Atletico had the opportunity to go one point clear of their city rivals
  • Fidel Chaves scored the only goal of the game to give his side a shock victory
  • Elche sit bottom of the LaLiga table and still 11 points adrift of 19th  

A terrible blunder from Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Ivo Grbic gifted LaLiga basement side Elche a 1-0 victory at home on Sunday – only their fourth win of the season.

The Croatian keeper, standing in for the injured Jan Oblak, let a long throw-in from the left touchline slip through his hands inside the six-yard box, with Elche’s Fidel Chaves in the right place to tap the ball into a wide-open net in the 41st minute.

The loss left Atletico third in the table on 69 points, two behind local rivals Real Madrid, who beat Getafe 1-0 on Saturday.

Runaway leaders Barca have 82 points and will get the chance to clinch their 27th LaLiga crown with four games to spare when they face Espanyol later on Sunday.

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