Real Sociedad 0-2 Atletico Madrid – Atletico open up three point gap

Real Sociedad 0-2 Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone’s side open up three point gap at top of LaLiga thanks to goals from Mario Hermoso and Marcos Llorente

  • Mario Hermoso gave Atletico Madrid the lead, heading in just after half time
  • Marcos Alonso doubled Atletico’s advantage with a strike from edge of the box 
  • Diego Simeone’s side are now three points clear of second placed Real Madrid
  • Real Sociedad remain third but they have played three more game than Atletico 

LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid consolidated their title bid by beating third-placed Real Sociedad 2-0 away on Tuesday thanks to second-half goals from Mario Hermoso and Marcos Llorente.

The game failed to live up to its billing in a drab first half but Atleti broke the deadlock early in the second when defender Hermoso headed home a free kick from Yannick Carrasco.

The visitors added to their lead with a vicious strike from Llorente after a lay-off from Luis Suarez. 

Atletico Madrid’s Mario Hermoso opened the scoring just after half time at the Anoeta Stadium

Marcos Llorente doubled Atletico’s advantage when he fired home from the edge of the box

Real Sociedad were boosted by the return of playmaker David Silva from injury but struggled to create much danger and did not manage a shot on target until Atletico keeper Jan Oblak tipped a Martin Merquelanz free kick around the post late on.  

In a meeting between the front-runner and the sensation of the league this season, Atletico put on another dominant performance in defence and attack to show why they are the early title favourites.

Diego Simeone’s team did not generate much in attack, but took full advantage of their best scoring opportunities, and their much heralded defence remained airtight from start to finish.

Hermoso headed in a free kick by Yannick Carrasco to put the visitors at San Sebastian ahead four minutes after halftime. Llorente put the result beyond doubt in the 74th minute with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

The victory moved Diego Simeone’s side three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga

Atletico have now moved three points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, Sociedad remain third but are now six points adrift. 

The Basque Country club had led the league earlier this season but have now gone six games without a victory.

Atletico have played one more game than city rivals Real and three more games than Sociedad.

Fifth-placed Barcelona visit Valladolid on Tuesday evening, needing a win in order to not fall further behind.

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