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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
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Thomas Partey's late free kick gives Atletico victory at Depor

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Atletico Madrid needed an stoppage-time goal to avoid another poor result in La Liga, earning a hard-fought 1-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna from Thomas Partey's free kick on Saturday.

After a first half which saw neither team manage a shot on target, there was not much more entertainment after the break -- with Antoine Griezmann missing Atletico's best chance early in the second period.

But Thomas found the top corner in the 91st minute with a side-footed shot after Gabi rolled the ball forward.

The win was far from convincing and did little to answer Atletico's goal scoring problems -- they have not netted more than once in a game since Sept. 23 -- but that will matter little to coach Diego Simeone

The result gave Atletico their second win in nine matches and ended a streak of three consecutive 1-1 draws in the league and Copa del Rey.

The victory at Riazor Stadium moved Atletico into third place, four points behind Valencia and five behind leaders Barcelona, who host fifth-place Sevilla later on Saturday.

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Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 37 +69 90
2 Atletico Madrid 37 +36 78
3 Real Madrid 38 +50 76
4 Valencia 37 +26 70
5 Villarreal 38 +7 61
6 Real Betis 38 -1 60
7 Sevilla FC 38 -9 58
8 Getafe 38 +9 55
9 Girona 38 -9 51
10 Eibar 37 -6 50
11 Real Sociedad 37 +8 49
12 Celta Vigo 38 -1 49
13 Alavés 38 -10 47
14 Espanyol 37 -7 46
15 Levante 38 -14 46
16 Athletic Bilbao 37 -7 43
17 Leganes 38 -17 43
18 Deportivo La Coruña 37 -37 29
19 Las Palmas 38 -50 22
20 Málaga 38 -37 20

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