Atletico Madrid secure vital 1-0 La Liga win over Alaves

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have received a timely boost in their title push thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Alaves.

Diego Simeoneโ€˜s side welcomed the Basque club to Madrid on the back of a patchy run of form in the league and a Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea.

However, despite struggling to create much in the first 45 minutes at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, with Jan Oblak producing a vital stop from Pere Pons, star man Luis Suarez edged them in front just after the restart.

Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippierโ€˜s excellent cross found the Uruguayan international in space between two Alaves defenders and he bulleted home a header past Fernando Pacheco.

That breakthrough breathed some much needed life into Atletico after that, as Pacheco brilliantly kept out Marcos Llorenteโ€˜s strike.

But despite looking capable of holding on in the final minutes, Simeone and his players were again indebted to Oblak as the Slovenian stopper clawed out Joseluโ€™s spot kick.

Image via Getty Images

Tags Luis Suarez