Suarez ensured Atletico returned to the top of the table, the day after Real Madrid had gone top
A 90th-minute goal from ex-Barcelona striker Luis Suarez gave Atletico Madrid a 2-1 victory at Alaves as they returned to the top of La Liga.
He had earlier teed up a deflected shot from Marcos Llorente to put Atletico ahead shortly before half-time.
Alaves had Victor Laguardia sent off in the second half but equalised with a Felipe own goal, before Suarez latched on to substitute Joao Felix’s cross.
Despite the dismissal of Laguardia, Alaves had a flurry of late chances and levelled in the 84th minute when Felipe diverted a cross from Joselu into his own net.
But Atletico, who last won the title in 2014, snatched the win as Suarez converted his ninth goal of the season.
Having begun 2021 top of the table, they had briefly ceded top spot on Saturday when Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo, they now lead city rivals Real by two points again, with two games in hand.
- 5LaguardiaBooked at 63mins
Substituted forMarínat 88’minutes
Substituted forPérezat 75’minutes
- 19García Sánchez
Substituted forRodríguezat 68’minutes
Substituted forRiojaat 68’minutes
- 14Silva Acosta
Substituted forJoseluat 75’minutes
- 18Franco Alviz
- 23Navarro Jiménez
- 37Franco Tavares
Substituted forLodi dos Santosat 88’minutes
- 21CarrascoBooked at 29mins
Substituted forSaúlat 82’minutes
Substituted forSequeiraat 62’minutes
- 9SuárezBooked at 90mins
- 12Lodi dos Santos
- 20Machín Pérez
- 31San Román
Juan Martínez Munuera
- Match ends, Alavés 1, Atlético de Madrid 2.
- Second Half ends, Alavés 1, Atlético de Madrid 2.
- Attempt saved. Florian Lejeune (Alavés) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adrián Marín with a cross.
- João Félix (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
- Foul by Adrián Marín (Alavés).
- Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
- Foul by Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).
- Fernando Pacheco (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
- Attempt missed. João Félix (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez following a fast break.
- Goal! Alavés 1, Atlético de Madrid 2. Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Félix.
- Substitution, Alavés. Adrián Marín replaces Javier López.
- Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Renan Lodi replaces Felipe.
- Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Thomas Lemar tries a through ball, but Marcos Llorente is caught offside.
- Own Goal by Felipe, Atlético de Madrid. Alavés 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.
- Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Yannick Carrasco.
- Attempt missed. Tachi (Alavés) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
- Corner, Alavés. Conceded by Jan Oblak.
- Florian Lejeune (Alavés) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lucas Pérez following a set piece situation.
- Foul by José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).
- Joselu (Alavés) wins a free kick in the attacking half.