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Atlético Femenino update: Third straight title win remains in play

José Luis Sánchez’s women are also making progress in the Copa de la Reina.

After a brilliant start to their 2018/2019 season, Atlético Femenino struggled to maintain the same quality of play during October and November, when some of their frailties were exposed in big games.

Their UEFA Women’s Champions League run was once again halted by German heavyweights VfL Wolfsburg for the second straight season. The qualification was all but compromised already after the first leg, when the Germans eased past Atlético 4-0. In the return leg, Atleti suffered a heavier defeat as Wolfsburg imposed themselves 6-0 on Spanish soil.

It was a disastrous exit, but it does not mar the Spanish’s team progress, given they eliminated a high-profile club like Manchester City in the previous stage.

Shifting to the domestic scene, Atlético slipped to second place after falling to Barcelona in a top-of-the-table clash two weeks, but reclaimed top spot over this past weekend.

A Toni Duggan goal in stoppage time dashed Atlético’s hopes of grinding out a well-deserved draw in Catalunya, and Barcelona led on 26 points after 10 games. The capital side had a game in hand though and wins over Rayo Vallecano (3-1) and Real Sociedad (5-0) have Atlético a point up on the Catalans. and with just two points behind, Atletico have the opportunity regain top spot.

In between these two high-profile commitments, the rojiblancas had earned wins over Madrid (6-1), Albacete (4-1) and Levante (2-0). In addition, they also secured a 4-2 win over Málaga in the Copa De La Reina via four goals from Ludmila da Silva.