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Atletico Madrid clinch second spot, Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid rout

Atletico Madrid clinch second spot, Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid rout Atletico Madrid clinch second spot, Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid rout
Noah Ferguson | 14 May, 2018, 19:44

An early goal from Koke settled the contest in the Spanish capital, as Atleti edged past their city rivals to move six points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.

Griezmann has been Atletico's most significant player over the last four seasons but he has had an uneasy relationship with the club in the past year and is widely expected to move to Liga champions Barcelona at the end of this campaign.

Getafe welcome Atletico Madrid to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in the penultimate week of the league season on Saturday evening; with a win over their neighbours keeping the side in contention of a Europa League spot. The France global was involved in three of his side's four goals in a 4-1 triumph in the opening fixture, scoring one and assisting another two.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (R) celebrates his goal with teammates.

On a miserable night for mid-table Celta, Sergi Gomez put through his own net on 74 minutes, leaving German internatonal Toni Kroos to tuck away Real's sixth goal after 81 minutes.

Managerless Sevilla, who reached this season's Champions League quarter-finals, now have to beat Alaves next weekend to secure a spot in Europe's second-tier competition.

"I understand that it's nearly impossible for the guys who decide this to keep everybody happy, there will always be somebody unhappy, we're okay if they just do things with common sense".

Koke rounded off a fine team move into the bottom corner eight minutes in after being set up by Antoine Griezmann, and a second nearly followed as Diego Costa's strike needed saving.

The France worldwide has got fans back on his side with a resurgent run of form since January and he grabbed the vital away goal in the Europa League semi-final first leg 1-1 draw at Arsenal which paved his team's way to reaching the final.

Goalkeeper Jan Olbak ensured the victory when he saved a penalty by Faycal Fajr in the 78th after Diego Godin fouled Angel Rodriguez in the area.

After helping to eliminate Arsenal, Costa was hailed by coach Diego Simeone, who said these performances were the reason Atletico shelled out 57 million euros ($68.3 million) to bring the combative player back from Stamford Bridge. "Going game to game, taking care of a hard match against a competitive opponent".

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