Atletico pip Sociedad, close in on Real

- Agence France-Presse, MADRID

Apr 6, 2017-

Atletico Madrid’s fine form continued as Filipe Luis scored the winner in a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad to close to within seven points of the Spanish League leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Luis had scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Malaga and netted for the second consecutive game for the first time in his career by rounding off a fine team move on 28 minutes. Fernando Torres, Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa all passed up chances to add to Atletico’s advantage, but they held on to move three points clear of Sevilla in the battle for third.

Atletico will travel to the Santiago Bernabeu brimming with confidence after a fifth straight La Liga win. “Other than the opening 15 minutes when they dominated the ball, we imposed our tempo, pressed well high up the pitch and created chances,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone. “It is a very important win.”

Antoine Griezmann came close twice in quick succession against his former club as his first effort was deflected behind before Geronimo Rulli got down well to save low to his right. The French international was also involved in the only goal as Luis exchanged passes with he and Torres before slotting home.

Torres then failed to double Atletico’s lead as he turned Carrasco’s low cross onto the post with the goal gaping an then fired the rebound into the side-netting. Carrasco was also wasteful as he shot too close to Rulli after an unselfish cutback by Griezmann.

Griezmann was replaced by Angel Correa with 19 minutes remaining as Diego Simeone looked ahead to Saturday’s derby and the visit of Leicester in their Champions League quarter-finals, first leg. Correa also passed up a huge chance to seal the three points when he blasted wide.

The defeat sees Sociedad slip to seventh as Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao boosted their chances of Europa League qualification.

 

La Liga results

Bilbao    2-0    Espanyol

Atletico    1-0    Sociedad

Betis    0-1    Villarreal

Standings

Teams    P     W     D     L     GF    GA     PTS

Real    28     21    5    2    74    28    68

Barca    29     20    6    3    85    26    66

Atletico    30     18    7    5    55    23    61

Sevilla    29     17    7    5    52    34    58

Villarreal    30     14    9    7    42    23    51

Bilbao    30     15    5     10    39    33    50

Sociedad    30     15    4     11    43    41    49

Eibar    29     12    8    9    47    41    44

Espanyol    30     11     10    9    42    42    43

Celta    28     12    5     11    43    46    41

Alaves    29     10     10    9    29    36    40

Las Palmas    29    9    8     12    45    48    35

Valencia    29    9    6     14    41    51    33

Betis    30    8    7     15    32    47    31

Malaga    29    6    9     14    33    47    27

Depor    29    6    9     14    31    46    27

Leganes    29    6    9     14    23    42    27

Gijon    29    5    7     17    31    57    22

Granada    29    4    7     18    26    62    19

Osasuna    29    1    8     20    29    69    11

 

Published: 06-04-2017 09:22

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