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La Liga: Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis to end winless run, stay near leaders

Atletico got on the board with goals from Yannick Carrasco and João Felix, and an own-goal by Betis defender German Pezzella, under heavy rain at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Published: 01st November 2021 12:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2021 12:23 AM   |  A+A-

Joao Felix

Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix celebrates after scoring. (Photo @atletienglish)

By Associated Press

MADRID: Atletico Madrid put an end to its winless streak by comfortably beating Real Betis 3-0 on Sunday to stay within striking range of the Spanish league leaders.

Atletico got on the board with goals from Yannick Carrasco and Joao Felix, and an own-goal by Betis defender German Pezzella, under heavy rain at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. It was its first win after three matches — consecutive draws against Levante and Real Sociedad in the league and a loss to Liverpool in the Champions League.

The victory moved Atletico within two points of leaders Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad. Madrid and Sevilla won their matches on Saturday, while Sociedad hosts Athletic Bilbao in the Basque Country derby later Sunday.

Atletico's usually solid defense had faltered recently, having conceded seven goals in its last three matches. Diego Simeone's team next visits Liverpool in the group stage of the Champions League.

“It was very important not to concede any goals to boost our confidence on defense going into the match against Liverpool,” Carrasco said.

Betis, which had won five of its last six league matches, stayed a point behind Atletico and has played an extra game. Manuel Pellegrini's side had won two in a row in all competitions.

Carrasco opened the scoring with a shot from inside the area in the 26th minute. The hosts added to the lead after Pezzella headed a cross from a corner into his own net in the 63rd, and Felix sealed the victory after a long run in a breakaway in the 80th for his first goal of the season.

Felix's goal was initially disallowed for offside but video review confirmed that the Portugal forward was onside at the time of Carrasco's pass.

Atletico also had a goal by Mario Hermoso disallowed for offside early in the second half.

Simeone watched the match from the VIP tribunes after being sent off in the team's 2-2 draw at Levante in the previous round.



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