After four unbeaten games, Atletico Madrid could not keep on with the positive streak, and was pretty much dominated by 16th-placed Eibar away, at the Municipal de Ipurua Stadium and ended up losing the game 2-0. The goals were scored by Esteban Burgos in the first half and Edu Exposito grabbing a 90th-minute goal to seal the deal for the hosts.
Following the setback, Atletico moved further away from the fight for the Spanish title race, with 35 points, eight away from La Liga leaders’ Real Madrid. Eibar added up three points but stayed in the 16th position in the table.
Eibar knew how to explore the home-court advantage and inflicted some damage in Diego Simeone’s men. The hosts initiated the match way better, and with 10 minutes on the clock, they broke the halt.
Leon whipped a corner into the box and found Enrich, who flicked it to Burgos, as the latter smashed it past Jan Oblak. The linesman flagged a possible offside from Burgos, but the goal stayed thanks to the VAR. 1-0 Eibar.
With a very poor match, the creative sector of Atletico Madrid suffered to escape from the heavy-mark imposed by the hosts and, allied to an irregular pitch, failed to develop great offensive opportunities throughout the match.
This way, Eibar could keep going and making the clock runs.
However, on the 90th minute at the Municipal de Ipurua, the hosts doubled the lead and wrapped the game up. It all started, once again, from a corner-kick. This time, it was Savic who flicked the ball for Exposito, who calmly put the ball at the corner to make it two. 2-0 Eibar.
Following the 2-0 away defeat, Atleti will now focus their attention on the Copa del Rey with a mid-week confront with Cultural Leonesa, as Eibar face Badajoz.