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Atletico Madrid 2-0 Sevilla: Correa and Niguez seal victory

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Sevilla: Kieran Trippier marks return after betting ban put on hold by setting up Angel Correa for the opener before Saul Niguez seals victory to send LaLiga leaders FOUR POINTS clear at the top

  • Trippier was back in action after his betting ban was suspended by FIFA 
  • Correa’s shot bounced in off the post to give them the lead in the 17th minute
  • Niguez clinched the victory with a thumping effort from the edge of the area

LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid proved their title credentials yet again by beating in-form Sevilla 2-0 at home on Tuesday to stride four points clear at the top of the standings.

Atletico got off to an ideal start when Angel Correa received a pass from returning right back Kieran Trippier, who was making his first appearance since his 10-week ban for betting offences was suspended, and took Sevilla by surprise with a shot which bounced in off the near post to give them the lead in the 17th minute.

Midfielder Saul Niguez effectively clinched the victory with a thumping effort from the edge of the area in the 76th to score his first goal of the season and condemn Sevilla to a first defeat in 10 games in all competitions.

Angel Correa celebrates with Kieran Trippier after opening the scoring in the 17th minute

Saul Niguez celebrates after doubling Atletico’s lead against Sevilla on Tuesday night

The victory took Atletico on to 41 points after 16 games, four clear of second-placed Real Madrid who have played 18.

Atletico had enjoyed a rest over the weekend as their match with Athletic Bilbao had been postponed due to a snowstorm in the Spanish capital, although the freezing conditions had also disrupted their training schedule.

The home side welcomed back Trippier for the first time since December 23 after his 10-week suspension for breaking betting rules in England was put on hold pending an appeal and the England defender proved his value by playing a big part in both goals.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone opted to start forward Joao Felix on the bench for the second game in a row in favour of Correa and the Argentine repaid his faith with an enterprising shot from the edge of the area, flummoxing Sevilla keeper Bono.

Defender Trippier was back in action after his betting ban was suspended by FIFA

Midfielder Saul Niguez clinched the victory with a thumping effort from the edge of the area

Sevilla had won seven of their previous nine matches and did not make things easy for Diego Simeone’s side, firing 13 shots at goal to Atletico’s five although only managing to work Atletico keeper Jan Oblak twice.

They spurned a golden chance to level when Argentine Marcos Acuna missed the target on the rebound while Oblak was on the floor, while forward Youssef En-Nesyri also squandered a good opportunity late in the second half.

Sevilla keeper Bono pulled off an impressive save to prevent Luis Suarez doubling Atletico’s lead and even after Saul had scored the second, the visitors continued to look for a goal until the final whistle came. 




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