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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 24 +51 62
2 Atletico Madrid 23 +25 52
3 Valencia 23 +18 43
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 Leganes 23 -5 29
13 Athletic Bilbao 23 -1 28
14 Alavés 24 -11 28
15 Real Sociedad 23 -2 26
16 Espanyol 23 -10 26
17 Levante 23 -14 20
18 Las Palmas 24 -34 18
19 Deportivo La Coruña 24 -29 17
20 Málaga 23 -22 13

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