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Atleti Title Hopes Die After Villarreal Defeat

Atletico Madrid’s title hopes appear to be over after two late Enes Unal strikes condemned them to defeat at Villarreal.

Diego Simeone’s side now lie 11 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 earlier in the day.

Antoine Griezmann had given Atletico the lead by converting a contentious first-half penalty at the Ceramica Stadium.

However, Turkish striker Enes – a summer arrival from Manchester City – struck twice to give Euro-chasing Villarreal a deserved victory.

Winger Vitolo was sent-off for the visitors in the dying stages for shoving an opponent, as Atleti began to lose their cool and Villarreal now move up to 5th in the table.

Afterwards, Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone took responsibility for the defeat, saying that is was his substitutions and tactical changes that were to blame for his side’s defeat at Villarreal.

“I believe that the game was lost because of me,” Simeone told reporters after the match, as cited by Diario AS.

“The players were fantastic and did everything I asked of them, but it was my decisions that lost us the game.

“The game was intense and both teams share a lot of similar qualities – I thought our first half was excellent and despite pressure after the break, we were coping well.

“However, they made the most of two small moments in the match and that made the difference in those circumstances.

“Our aims and objectives remain the same, and we will try to add as many points as possible.”