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Boost for Both Teams Before El Clásico: Atlético Madrid Lose

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Espanyol did both Barcelona and Real Madrid a favor

Espanyol v Atletico Madrid - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid, currently the second-placed team in La Liga, have been beaten by Espanyol 1-0. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid will be happy to know this as they gear up for el Clásico.

For the Blaugrana, it means that even if they lose, they’ll still have Atlético six points back, not a theoretical three. Of course Valencia can still move up to being within 5 of Barcelona, but that’s worst case scenario now.

Meanwhile, Real have a chance of getting to within two points of their crosstown rivals, and potentially, be tied on points with Valencia.

Sergio García was the man to grab Espanyol’s late goal, as Barcelona’s “other team” beat Madrid’s “other” team as a curtain raiser before el Clásico.

Valencia have lost two of their last three matches, and they have a big test coming up against sixth-placed Villarreal.