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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 33 +64 83
2 Atletico Madrid 32 +39 71
3 Real Madrid 33 +44 68
4 Valencia 33 +26 65
5 Real Betis 32 0 52
6 Villarreal 33 +5 51
7 Sevilla FC 33 -11 48
8 Getafe 33 +7 45
9 Girona 32 -5 44
10 Celta Vigo 33 +6 44
11 Eibar 33 -9 43
12 Real Sociedad 32 +5 40
13 Athletic Bilbao 33 -3 40
14 Leganes 33 -13 39
15 Alavés 32 -16 38
16 Espanyol 33 -14 36
17 Levante 32 -20 31
18 Deportivo La Coruña 33 -33 27
19 Las Palmas 32 -42 21
20 Málaga 32 -30 17

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