Oblak Penalty Heroics Ensure Atletico Squeeze Past Alaves

Atletico Madrid’s Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak stops a penalty kick by Alaves’ Spanish forward Joselu (L) during the Spanish League football match between Atletico Madrid and Alaves at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Jan Oblak saved a late penalty to boost Atletico Madrid’s stuttering La Liga title challenge as Luis Suarez’s header proved enough for a nervy 1-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.

Oblak parried away Joselu’s 84th-minute spot-kick at the Wanda Metropolitano to spare Atletico another slip that would have given huge encouragement to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Instead, Suarez’s 19th goal of the season extended Atletico’s lead at the top of the table to six points over Real and seven ahead of Barca, who play their game in hand at Real Sociedad later on Sunday.

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