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Marcos Llorente leads 10-man Atletico Madrid to 1-0 victory at home over Sevilla

Llorente used exquisite control of a long ball from Koke Resurrección before he finished off a rebound of his own pass to beat goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic

Our Bureau And Agencies Madrid Published 25.12.23, 11:20 AM
Marcos Llorente of Atletico Madrid battles for possession with Adria Pedrosa of Sevilla during the La Liga match in Madrid on Saturday.

Marcos Llorente of Atletico Madrid battles for possession with Adria Pedrosa of Sevilla during the La Liga match in Madrid on Saturday. X/@Atleti

Ten-man Atletico Madrid edged Sevilla 1-0 at home on Saturday to ensure they entered the La Liga winter break still in touch with the front-runners.

The game in Spain's capital was originally scheduled for September but was postponed due to a forecast for bad weather.

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Marcos Llorente, the half-time substitute, made an immediate impact by scoring just a minute after the restart.

Atletico then defended with poise while playing a man down for the final 20 minutes after substitute Caglar Soyuncu received a direct red card in the 70th.

“When you come off the bench you always try to give your team something extra,” Llorente said. “We only had winning on our minds. Now it is time to disconnect and then we are right back at it.”

Real Madrid and surprise package Girona are at the top of the standings with a seven-point lead over Atletico and Barcelona one round before the competition reaches its halfway point.

Atletico had been in a bit of a slump after winning just one of their previous four league games.

Llorente used exquisite control of a long ball from Koke Resurrección before he finished off a rebound of his own pass to beat goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

Soyuncu was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Lucas Ocampos after the Turkey international had been on the field for four minutes.

Atletico defender Reinildo Mandava went on as a late substitute in his first appearance since needing surgery to repair a torn right-knee ligament in February.

Sevilla were playing their second game under new coach Quique Sánchez Flores. They beat Getafe in his debut on Tuesday. Sevilla are three points above the relegation zone in 15th place.

Atletico's next game is at Girona on January 3.

AP/PTI

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