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2017-2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Thomas (90'+1')

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 15 +23 34
2 Real Madrid 15 +21 34
3 Sevilla FC 16 +5 31
4 Real Sociedad 16 +8 27
5 Getafe 16 +8 27
6 Athletic Bilbao 16 +7 26
7 Atletico Madrid 16 +6 26
8 Valencia 16 +3 26
9 Granada 17 +2 24
10 Osasuna 16 +4 23
11 Levante 17 -4 23
12 Real Betis 16 -5 22
13 Villarreal 16 +4 19
14 Real Valladolid 16 -4 19
15 Alavés 17 -6 19
16 Eibar 16 -13 15
17 Mallorca 16 -12 14
18 Celta Vigo 16 -11 13
19 Leganes 17 -16 10
20 Espanyol 16 -20 9