Real Madrid was held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at struggling Elche on Wednesday, losing ground in the La Liga title race to leader Atletico Madrid.

A header from Luka Modric gave the defending champion the lead in the 20th minute but Elche found a way back into the game when Fidel Chaves levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half.

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Both sides had chances to take all three points, with Elche forward Lucas Boye striking the post, while Real defenders Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos were thwarted by fine saves from the home side’s keeper Edgar Badia.

Elche had a last-gasp chance to win the game when it earned a free kick in added time, but defender Gonzalo Verdu’s shot was tipped away by Real keeper Thibaut Courtois.

The draw halted a six-match winning streak in all competitions for Real…

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