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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Saúl Ñíguez (29')

Saul Niguez nets winner as Atletico Madrid edge Real Betis

Saul Niguez celebrates after his first-half goal. CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

Saul Niguez scored the only goal as Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 1-0 to keep Diego Simeone's team in the chase for the La Liga title.

Betis made a promising start by setting a fast tempo and pushing Atletico into their area.

But the visitors were comfortable in absorbing the pressure until a well-orchestrated counterattack tilted the contest in their favour.

Diego Godin found Sime Vrsaljko alone on the right flank with a long pass to start the move. The right-back quickly fired in a cross for three teammates arriving in the area, with the ball reaching the far post where Saul slid and tapped it in.

Betis tried to respond after half-time, but goalkeeper Jan Oblak denied the best chance to level in the 60th minute when he stretched to tip Cristian Tello's powerful strike over the bar.

Atletico have remained undefeated through 15 rounds and have recovered third place ahead of Real Madrid.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 24 +51 62
2 Atletico Madrid 23 +25 52
3 Valencia 24 +19 46
4 Real Madrid 22 +27 42
5 Sevilla FC 24 -4 39
6 Villarreal 23 +6 37
7 Eibar 24 -4 35
8 Girona 24 +4 34
9 Real Betis 23 -7 33
10 Celta Vigo 23 +7 32
11 Getafe 23 +5 30
12 Real Sociedad 24 +1 29
13 Leganes 23 -5 29
14 Athletic Bilbao 23 -1 28
15 Alavés 24 -11 28
16 Espanyol 23 -10 26
17 Levante 24 -17 20
18 Las Palmas 24 -34 18
19 Deportivo La Coruña 24 -29 17
20 Málaga 24 -23 13

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