After a first part in which the pupils of Diego Simeone they did not find the way, the portuguese joao felix He opened the scoring in the 56th minute, heading in a ball served by his French teammate Antoine Griezmann.
The final sentence was placed alvaro morata in minute 74′, with a great personal move that culminated in a shot that hit Omar Mascarell before entering the visitors’ goal.
Thanks to this victory, Atlético, who had started the day in fifth place, climbed to third placewith 27 points, although on Saturday they could be advanced in the standings by Real Sociedad (4th, by one point), which hosts Osasuna.
Elche had been left with 10 in their match this Wednesday at the Metropolitano stadium for the expulsion of Gonzalo Verdú in the discount of the first half (45 + 1 ‘), but the forces leveled out in the 53rd minute, when beautiful mario He saw a second yellow card and also went to the locker room early.
In the final discount, the Portuguese midfielder Sunday Quina He was also sent off and Elche even ended up with nine men.
Atlético eases its situation in the Spanish League, where in the three days prior to the World Cup break it had registered two defeats and a draw.
With just 4 points and still without winning a game in this League, Elche continues to sink towards the second division.
– Betis and Athletic, without gunpowder –
Shortly before, two teams fighting for the European places, Betis (6th) and Athletic Bilbao (5th), drew 0-0 in their duel in Seville.
The game was full of tension and alternatives, but the goals were missing. In the standings, both are still equal on points, now at 25.
Athletic had started the day in fourth place, within the ‘Champions zone’, and now they are ahead of Atlético de Madrid, who take two more points, and are provisionally one point behind Real Sociedad, fourth. Betis drops to sixth place, with the same points as the people from Bilbao.
In this Thursday’s match, the Brazilian Betis player Luiz Felipe was expelled in the final discount of the game.
In the first match of the day, which served for the return of the Spanish League after the World Cup break, Girona Y Vallecano Ray they tied 2-2.
On two occasions, Rayo took the lead on his visit to Catalonia, through Sergio Camello (2′) and Isaac Palazon (62′), but on two occasions Girona was able to balance the score, with two penalties converted by the Argentine taty castellanos (34′) and by samu saiz (75′).
On Friday the date continues with four games, among which the visit of the Real Madrid (2nd) to Valladolid.
In the event of victory in this match at the José Zorrilla stadium, Madrid, which is two points behind FC Barcelona, will become the provisional leader in the standings.
Barça will not play until Saturday, the last day of 2022 and the 15th day of the league, when they will host Espanyol in the derby at the Camp Nou.
The entrance Atlético complies and enters Champions League positions was first published on newspaper TODAY.