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FILE – Atletico Madrid’s Spanish striker #19 Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring his group second objective throughout the UEFA Champions League group E soccer match between Celtic and Atletico Madrid at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 25, 2023. (Photograph by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Atletico Madrid eased to a 2-1 win over Alaves on Sunday to rise above champions Barcelona to 3rd in La Liga.

After league leaders Actual Madrid beat the Catalans 2-1 in Saturday’s Clasico, Diego Simeone’s Atletico took full benefit to maneuver a degree forward of Xavi Hernandez’s aspect.

Atletico trails Los Blancos and second-place Girona by three factors, having performed a sport much less.

Alvaro Morata scored and arrange Rodrigo Riquelme’s opener as Atletico cruised to victory over Alaves, seventeenth, on the Metropolitano stadium.

Ander Guevara pulled one again on the loss of life for Alaves however it was too little, too late.

Atletico have now received 14 consecutive league matches at residence, equalling the membership’s all-time document set in 2013 at their former stadium, the Vicente Calderon.

“(The document) just isn’t by probability, at residence with our followers we really feel extra comfy, they make us really feel stronger, this win is essential for us,” Riquelme advised Movistar.

“We’re on the correct path, going sport by sport and we aren’t desirous about the league desk.”

Riquelme despatched Atletico forward after 26 minutes when Antoine Griezmann slipped in Morata, who crossed to the again submit.

The Spanish midfielder cleverly opened up some area and flashed a shot into the close to high nook.

Morata doubled Atletico’s benefit simply earlier than half-time when he gathered Koke’s lengthy ball, lower inside from the correct and swept residence.

Griezmann had a objective disallowed within the second half for a foul by Marcos Llorente within the build-up as Atletico largely cruised.

Alaves pulled one again deep in stoppage time when Guevara struck from the sting of the field, with goalkeeper Jan Oblak partly accountable as he ought to have saved the shot out.

“We had been quite a bit higher within the second half, we must always have performed like that within the first half,” Alaves defender Javi Lopez advised Movistar.

“We haven’t had good outcomes away from residence … (however) if we compete like this, the outcomes will come.”

Earlier Bebe’s nice late strike earned Rayo Vallecano a 2-2 draw towards high-flying Actual Sociedad.

The previous Manchester United midfielder netted an important stoppage-time objective for the second week working after his late penalty towards Las Palmas final weekend.

Mikel Oyarzabal scored a brace for La Actual, fifth, after Abdul Mumin opened the scoring for Rayo, however Bebe hammered residence a low drive from lengthy distance to share the spoils.

Rayo Vallecano are seventh, degree on factors with eighth-placed Betis, who beat Osasuna 2-1 earlier on because of Isco’s excellent late objective.

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The ex-Actual Madrid playmaker arrange Willian Jose for the opener after which after Ruben Garcia appeared to rescue the guests a degree, Isco flashed a strike residence in stoppage time to please the Benito Villamarin.

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