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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.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 16 +27 34
2 Sevilla FC 16 +13 31
3 Atletico Madrid 16 +12 31
4 Real Madrid 16 +5 29
5 Real Betis 16 +1 25
6 Alavés 16 +1 25
7 Getafe 16 +5 24
8 Levante 16 -3 22
9 Celta Vigo 16 +4 21
10 Girona 16 -2 21
11 Espanyol 16 -5 21
12 Real Valladolid 16 -3 20
13 Eibar 16 -4 20
14 Valencia 16 0 19
15 Real Sociedad 16 -1 19
16 Leganes 16 -4 18
17 Villarreal 16 -4 15
18 Athletic Bilbao 16 -8 15
19 Rayo Vallecano 16 -16 10
20 Huesca 16 -18 8