Atletico Madrid increase lead over Athletic Club with 3-1 win


Atletico Madrid holds grip on top 4 as they take down Athletic Club

Atletico Madrid picks up a 3-1 win over Athletic Club to stay locked into a top-4 finish.

Atletico Madrid beat newly-crowned Copa del Rey winners Athletic Club 3-1 at home in LaLiga on Saturday as Diego Simeone's side moved a step closer to a top-four finish.

Fourth-placed Atletico moved onto 64 points from 33 games and have increased their advantage over Athletic, in fifth, to six points.

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Midfielder Rodrigo de Paul put Atletico in front in the 15th minute with a goal from outside the box after landing a clearance, scoring just under the bar as his strike deflected off one of Athletic defenders.

Athletic levelled just before halftime through Nico Williams after Antoine Griezmann lost the ball through a careless pass, but Angel Correa restored the lead for Atletico in the 52nd minute and goalkeeper Unai Simon made it 3-1 with an own goal.