Atletico Madrid continue Top Four march with key Real Betis win

Atletico Madrid have taken another crucial step in their push for a Top Four finish in 2022 with a 3-1 win away at rivals Real Betis.

Los Rojiblancos have now overhauled the Andalucians in the battle for a Champions League qualification spot as they edge back into fourth spot in the table.

Diego Simeone’s side looked to click into gear right from the off at the Estadio Benito Villamarin as Portuguese star Joao Felix swept them 1-0 in front inside the first 90 seconds.

Both sides missed outrageously easy chances at either end before the break before Cristian Tello curled home a superb leveller for the hosts.

However, Atletico responded positively to the pressure in the second period, as Jan Oblak kept them in the contest, and Felipe Monteiro headed against the post.

That pressure did eventually prove crucial for Atletico, as Felix raced into the box to put them back in front, and Thomas Lemar cushioned home Antoine Griezmann’s cut back.

Up next for Simeone is a home game against Cadiz on Friday night with Real Betis hosting Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek Europa League action.

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Tags Antoine Griezmann Cristian Tello Diego Simeone Felipe Monteiro Jan Oblak Joao Felix Thomas Lemar
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