The Uruguayan striker celebrated his 34th birthday with his 12th goal of the season • Atletico Madrid does not stop: 47 points after 18 games, only 8 mandatory goals • Spain on the way to a red-and-white championship after 7 years?
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Luis Suarez celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday (Sunday), and he had quite a few reasons to rejoice on his festive day.
In addition to the victory over Valencia (1: 3), the Uruguayan striker scored the goal that set up a reversal after Atletico fell behind early, and climbed to the top of the Spanish league's top scorer list (Pichichi) with 12 league goals this season.
Suarez equaled Yosef a-Nasiri from Sevilla, and they are ahead of Lionel Messi who scored 11 goals, and Kerim Benzema and Gerard Moreno with 10 conquests each.
Following the victory, Atletico Madrid widened the gap at the top of La Liga, which now stands at 7 points from second-placed Real Madrid and 10 from third-placed Barcelona, with Colcheneros missing a game.
Diego Simeone's team continues its wonderful run with the hope of winning the championship for the first time since the memorable 2014 season.
So far in 18 league games, Atletico have won in 15 meetings, lost once (in a derby) and finished twice in a draw.
The league leader has scored 47 points, and if she continues at this incredible pace she can reach the peak of points in the season, which was recorded by Real Madrid in 2011/12 and Barcelona in 2012/13.
Atletico's great numbers are also reflected in the goal balance of 8:36.
The Colcheneros' defense led by goalkeeper Jan Obelek has only conceded eight goals from the net all season, and is of course the best defense in the league.
The attack is second in nature, only Barcelona scored more with 39, but the Catalans have one more game.