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Football: Real held, Atletico beaten, new racism row hits La Liga

Published on May 5, 2014 5:48 AM
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema (centre) vies with Valencia's French midfielder Sofiane Feghouli during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home by Valencia on Sunday.

Earlier, leaders Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 defeat away Levante, in a game overshadowed by fresh claims of racism at a Spanish game, appeared to have given Real new life in their bid for a historic treble.

However, despite a stunning back-heeled injury time equaliser from Cristiano Ronaldo to rescue a point, Atletico now just need four points from their last two games to win La Liga for the first time in 18 years.

“It makes things more difficult, but I have always said this league will be decided in the last game,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.
“It has been a difficult weekend for the three in front and the title race is more open than ever.”

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