MADRID: Luis Suarez's 500th goal and a late penalty save from Jan Oblak were enough for Atletico Madrid to maintain their four-point lead at the top of La Liga. Suarez's near-post header nine minutes into the second half was enough to give Atletico a 1-0 win at home to struggling Alaves on Sunday, and although Atletico kept the ball well to deny Alaves any clear chances, a flailing arm from Stefan Savic gifted the visitors a penalty six minutes from time.
Joselu hit his penalty hard, but Oblak guessed correctly to make a vital save to take his side one step closer to the title.
Sevilla keeper Bono scored a dramatic goal after going forward for a last minute corner to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Real Valladolid, just when it looked as if Fabio Orellana's 44th minute penalty would give Valladolid a vital win.
Athletic Bilbao and Eibar drew 1-1 on Saturday in a result which does little to help Athletic's European ambitions and keeps Eibar in the bottom three.
Elche can thank goalkeeper Edgar Badir for saving a vital point from their visit to Getafe after he saved an 84th minute penalty from Angel Rodriguez in a 1-1 draw. IANS
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