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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Ángel Correa (74')

Angel Correa strikes as Atletico Madrid hold off Real Betis late

Atletico Madrid defeated Real Betis 1-0 in a tight game on Sunday through a second-half strike from forward Angel Correa as coach Diego Simeone's substitutions paid off.

Atletico saw little of the ball against Betis but managed to keep the visitors at bay with shrewd defensive work and had far more chances -- including one for forward Nikola Kalinic, who hit the woodwork -- although they still struggled to find a way through until Simeone shuffled his pack.

Kalinic, who had come in for the injured Diego Costa, made way for Thomas Partey, and Correa was brought on in place of Thomas Lemar.

It was Correa who won the ball and played a one-two off Partey before arrowing into the far bottom corner in the 74th minute.

Atletico have taken 15 points through eight games, having lost only once.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 25 +40 57
2 Atletico Madrid 24 +17 47
3 Real Madrid 24 +12 45
4 Getafe 25 +10 39
5 Sevilla FC 25 +8 37
6 Alavés 25 -3 37
7 Real Sociedad 24 +5 34
8 Real Betis 24 -3 33
9 Athletic Bilbao 25 -3 33
10 Valencia 24 +4 32
11 Eibar 25 -2 31
12 Levante 24 -7 30
13 Espanyol 25 -10 30
14 Leganes 24 -5 29
15 Girona 24 -9 27
16 Real Valladolid 24 -10 26
17 Celta Vigo 25 -7 25
18 Villarreal 24 -5 23
19 Rayo Vallecano 25 -15 23
20 Huesca 25 -17 19