BALL – Atlético Madrid secures Champions League victory in Elche (Spain)

Still without João Félix, Atlético Madrid went to Elche to win the La Liga 36th round match 2-0 and secured their presence in the Champions League next season.

After 28 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defense allowed Matheus Cunha to get through. He outclassed the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. In the second half, the combination between Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo de Paul culminated in Colchoneros ’second goal scored by an Argentine midfielder. Overtime, Luis Suárez still signed the third, but VAR ruled out the offer due to offside.

With this victory, Diego Simeone’s team jumps to third place with 67 points, overtaking Seville (66) and making sure it is no longer in the top four as Betis has 61 but a handicap over a direct encounter with Madrid.

Trip results:

Valencia – Betis, 0-3

Grenada – Athletic Bilbao, 1-0

Barcelona – Celtic, 3-1

Elche – Atletico Madrid, 0-2

Seville – Mallorca, 0-0

Osasuna – Getafe, 1-1

Alaves – Spain, 2-1

Real Socidad – Cadiz, Thursday

Rayo Vallecano – Villarreal, Thursday

Real Madrid – Levante, Thursday

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