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  • Updated: February 17, 2022

La Liga: Lowly Levante Stun Atleti To Keep Them At 5th On Table

Reigning champions Atletico Madrid slid to a 1-0 loss at home to bottom-placed Levante on Wednesday as Diego Simeone's side blew the chance to climb back into the Champions League places.

Atleti failed to register a single shot on target as bottom side Levante won for only the second time in 24 games this season courtesy of Gonzalo Melero's second-half goal.

"We played poorly. We lost an excellent opportunity to put ourselves in a good position in the league and we will have to make double the effort to make up for today," said Simeone.

"You have to be self-critical, see the reality. Some will think it's impossible to reach the Champions League, but I say no. It can be done, but you have to prove it with facts because words are boring."

Atletico are level on points with fourth-placed Barcelona but have played a game more than the Catalans.

It was a seventh league defeat of the season for Atletico, who host Manchester United next week in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

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