Atletico Madrid scored two goals and conceded one during a manic five-minute spell in the early first half, which decided the fate of the match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Angel Correa scored in the second consecutive match and while Roger Marti’s ninth league goal of this La Liga season pulled level for Levante, Finally Felipe settled it with a powerful header for Atletico.
Atletico now have four consecutive victories across all competitions and moved back to within five points from La Liga toppers, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The match also ended a three-match winning streak for Levante.
The hosts almost scored in the first minute on Saturday when Correa’s shot was saved, Joao Felix and Saul Niguez then unable to convert during follow-up attempts.
But Atletico Madrid opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Thomas Partey found Kieran Trippier on the right flank and the defender put a cross inside the box. Correa converted the chance with superb first-time finish.
Roger retaliated three minutes later when his volley deflected in off the arm of Alvaro Morata from Jose Campana’s free-kick.
Atletico Madrid took no time to get back in the front, though, Renan Lodi whipping in a left-wing delivery that Felipe superbly headed in from 12 yards out, his effort coming just 109 seconds after Roger’s strike.
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- Atletico Madrid 2-1 Levante: Atletico won fourth time in a row
- Barcelona 2-2 Espanyol: Barcelona conceded lead after De Jong red
- Serie A
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- Milan 0-0 Sampdoria: Zlatan comes as substitute on Milan return
- Inter 3-1 Napoli: Lukaku and Martinez put Inter at the top of Serie-A
Correa’s shot was saved from Aitor Fernandez shortly before the break and the Levante goalkeeper also kept out an attempt by Joao Felix just before the hour mark.
Joao Felix also fired wide from the top of the penalty area later but Atletico Madrid were still able to hold on the lead albeit Jan Oblak had to make two spectacular late saves to deny Enis Bardhi.