Atletico Madrid prolonged their lead on the prime of La Liga to 4 factors on Tuesday after a 2-0 win over Sevilla that strengthened their title credentials. Targets in every half from Angel Correa and substitute Saul Niguez on a freezing evening following historic snowfall within the Spanish capital allowed Diego Simeone’s facet to extend the hole between themselves and metropolis rivals Actual Madrid. The match on the Wanda Metropolitano was one in all three video games in hand that Atletico had on Madrid and Barcelona, who sit an additional three factors again in third.
Their house fixture with Athletic Bilbao on the weekend needed to be postponed after Madrid skilled its heaviest snowfall in half a century.
“I am very glad to assist the crew with this objective… the work pays off,” mentioned Saul after the win.
Sevilla in the meantime keep sixth on 30 factors, stage with fifth-placed Actual Sociedad.
Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid may have a tricky process defending their La Liga crown on the proof of Tuesday’s show which bore all of the hallmarks of a Simeone facet.
Kieran Trippier returned to the Atletico facet after FIFA suspended the England worldwide’s 10-week ban for breaching betting guidelines.
And the 30-year-old marked his comeback by serving to Correa open the scoring within the seventeenth minute with a reduce that also left the Argentine with loads of work to do as he managed the ball within the space.
Correa span rapidly and acquired his shot off earlier than Fernando may shut him down, and his effort flashed previous Yassine Bounou within the Sevilla objective.
Trippier virtually had one other help eight minutes later when his good cross put Luis Suarez clear by, however Bounou did effectively to cost out and block the Uruguayan’s close-range effort.
Sevilla pushed a usually dogged Atletico however could not make the most of the few possibilities that sport their approach and have been punished with 14 minutes remaining by Saul’s first objective of the season.
The Spaniard was cool simply outdoors the realm as he collected Marco Llorente’s low ball from the proper earlier than arrowing a left-footed shot into the far nook to ensure Atletico’s fifth straight league win since dropping the Madrid derby final month.
They are going to have the possibility to additional lengthen their lead on the prime in every week’s time after they journey to Eibar whereas Madrid and Barca — who play within the within the Spanish Tremendous Cup semi-finals this week — are concerned within the Copa Del Rey.
Earlier Granada stored in contact with the European locations with a 2-0 house win over lowly Osasuna.
Diego Martinez facet sit seventh, three factors behind Sociedad and Sevilla who’re within the Europa League locations, due to objectives from Colombian ahead Luis Suarez and Sergio Herrera.
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