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regular-article-logo Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Atletico in elite list 10 years in a row

With two games left and Real Madrid already crowned champions, Atletico climbed to third place on 67 points, six ahead of Real Betis in fifth and with a better head-to-head record

Reuters Elche Published 13.05.22, 01:29 AM
Matheus Cunha after scoring on Wednesday.

Matheus Cunha after scoring on Wednesday. Twitter

Matheus Cunha and Rodrigo de Paul scored with close-range strikes to earn Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Elche on Wednesday, securing Diego Simeone’s side a top-four La Liga finish and Champions League qualification for the 10th straight season.

With two games left and Real Madrid already crowned champions, Atletico climbed to third place on 67 points, six ahead of Real Betis in fifth and with a better head-to-head record. They also leapfrogged Sevilla, who dropped to fourth on 66 points after they were held to a goalless draw at home by relegation-threatened Mallorca earlier on Wednesday.

It was a satisfying victory for coach Simeone who had faced heavy criticism after being knocked out in the Champions League quarter finals .

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