Valencia saw their unlikely title tilt dented by a much-improved Eibar side, who twice took the lead after the break and held on to win their fourth game in five and inflict a second consecutive away defeat on Marcelino's side. Atletico are second in the standing on 36 points, behind Barca, who host Deportivo la Coruna Sunday, while Valencia are third on 34. Real Madrid, who are fourth on 31, missed the weekend's domestic action due to playing in the Club World Cup final, where they beat Gremio 1-0. Japanese international Takashi Inui put Eibar ahead in the 49th minute in heavy rain with the help of some haphazard defending from the visitor, who twice failed to clear the danger inside the area and allowed the midfielder to take advantage.
? Commentator "Fernando Torres - he hasn't scored a league goal for a long, long time."12 seconds later, Torres slides Atletico ahead. El Niño ? #AtleticoAlaves pic.twitter.com/jfzmp3iOFH — BetVictor (@BetVictor) December 16, 2017
Eibar had more than twice as many shots as the visitor did but managed to hit the target only three times, and Valencia coach Marcelino felt his side had been hard done by. RESULTS Athletic 0 Sociedad 0 Eibar 2 (Inui 49, Jordan 87) Valencia 1 (Mina 57) Atletico 1 (Torres 74) Alaves 0 SUNDAY'S MATCHES Girona v Getafe, Celta v Villarreal, Las Palmas v Espanyol and Barcelona v Deportivo
Eibar beat Valencia! 2-1. Two defeats in three now, having been unbeaten until then.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) December 16, 2017