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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Ángel Correa (59')

Angel Correa stunner sends Atletico Madrid past Valencia

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Atletico Madrid maintained their nine-point gap behind La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 1-0 victory over Valencia at the Wanda Metroploitano on Sunday.

Angel Correa's stinging strike from distance near the hour mark was enough to put Diego Simeone's ahead of upstart Valencia, who remain in third place despite the loss.

Diego Costa against started up top for the Rojiblanco, but it was the little Argentine forward who lifted his side after 59 minutes.

Picking up a ball on the right channel, and with a settled Valencia back four ahead of him, Correa unleashed a perfectly hit 25-yard strike into the top corner that left Los Che goalkeeper Neto no chance before bulging the net.

Atletico improve to 49 points from 22 matches with the win, while Valencia remain on 40.

Atletico Madrid will next face Malaga at La Rosaleda on Saturday. Valencia will welcome Barcelona for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Aug. 8, then host Levante in the league the following Sunday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +16 24
2 Sevilla FC 12 +10 23
3 Atletico Madrid 12 +8 23
4 Alavés 12 +5 23
5 Espanyol 12 +6 21
6 Real Madrid 12 +4 20
7 Real Valladolid 12 0 17
8 Levante 12 -1 17
9 Girona 12 -1 17
10 Real Sociedad 12 +1 16
11 Getafe 12 +1 16
12 Real Betis 12 -3 16
13 Eibar 12 -6 15
14 Celta Vigo 12 +2 14
15 Valencia 12 -1 14
16 Villarreal 12 -2 11
17 Athletic Bilbao 12 -6 10
18 Leganes 12 -7 10
19 Rayo Vallecano 12 -11 7
20 Huesca 12 -15 6