Goals from Angel Correa and Saul Niguez hurt as Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 on Tuesday, extending their lead at the top of La Liga.
Sevilla could have become the first team to draw three straight away games at Wanda, but Atletico produced a vintage display of clinical finish and resolute defense by improving their position at the top of the table.
Atletico beat an even first half and crossed Angel Correa’s clinical end with just over a quarter of an hour played, although Sevilla disrupted Jan Oblak through Ivan Rakitic and Youssef En-Nesyri.
The visitors dominated the proceedings in the second half but struggled to find a way through the famous defense of Atletico, who ultimately won an 11th clean sheet in LaLiga this quarter as Saul Niguez placed the game at beyond Seville in the later stages.
Sevilla looked brilliant in the first few exchanges as Rakitic tested Oblak early on, but they found themselves lagging behind in the 17th minute – Correa choosing the lower right corner with a snapshot on the pivot which caught Yassine Bounou sightless in the goal.
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Atletico got lucky on the other end soon after.
Oblak rushed to thwart En-Nesyri first and the ball fell gently to Marcos Acuna, but the left-back shot away from the empty net with the hosts’ goalkeeper stranded.
Luis Suarez then threatened before half an hour, but his volley at point blank range was well blocked by Bounou.
En-Nesyri tried his luck from a tight angle early in the second half, but Oblak had little problem making the save.
But while Sevilla saw a big chunk of the ball, that En-Nesyri effort wasn’t the start of an attack and Atletico pulled them 14 minutes from time.
Marcos Llorente found space behind Acuna and Oscar Rodriguez failed to intercept his cut, which came to Saul and he swept from 20 yards to seal the points.