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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Saúl Ñíguez (29')

Saul Niguez nets winner as Atletico Madrid edge Real Betis

Saul Niguez celebrates after his first-half goal. CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

Saul Niguez scored the only goal as Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 1-0 to keep Diego Simeone's team in the chase for the La Liga title.

Betis made a promising start by setting a fast tempo and pushing Atletico into their area.

But the visitors were comfortable in absorbing the pressure until a well-orchestrated counterattack tilted the contest in their favour.

Diego Godin found Sime Vrsaljko alone on the right flank with a long pass to start the move. The right-back quickly fired in a cross for three teammates arriving in the area, with the ball reaching the far post where Saul slid and tapped it in.

Betis tried to respond after half-time, but goalkeeper Jan Oblak denied the best chance to level in the 60th minute when he stretched to tip Cristian Tello's powerful strike over the bar.

Atletico have remained undefeated through 15 rounds and have recovered third place ahead of Real Madrid.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 33 +64 83
2 Atletico Madrid 34 +36 72
3 Real Madrid 33 +44 68
4 Valencia 34 +26 66
5 Real Betis 34 +1 56
6 Villarreal 33 +5 51
7 Sevilla FC 33 -11 48
8 Getafe 34 +8 48
9 Girona 34 -6 47
10 Celta Vigo 34 +6 45
11 Real Sociedad 34 +6 43
12 Eibar 34 -10 43
13 Alavés 34 -13 41
14 Athletic Bilbao 34 -5 40
15 Leganes 34 -13 40
16 Espanyol 34 -12 39
17 Levante 34 -17 37
18 Deportivo La Coruña 34 -33 28
19 Las Palmas 34 -47 21
20 Málaga 34 -29 20

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