Llorente, Suarez lift Atletico past 10-man Betis


Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis at Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone's men made it a club-record 21 La Liga games without defeat.

Atleti lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich on Thursday (AEDT) - their joint-heaviest defeat under Simeone - but were back to their solid defensive selves in Sunday's clash, which was won with two second-half goals.

After a balanced opening 45 minutes in the Spanish capital it took just 19 seconds for Llorente to open the scoring in the second half with a smart finish from a tight angle.

Suarez added a late second to seal a victory that lifts Atletico up to third, two points off leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand to play, after Betis had been reduced to 10 men for Martin Montoya's red card offence.

No team had attempted more shots in La Liga this term than Betis heading into this weekend's games and the visitors twice tested Jan Oblak in the opening 15 minutes.

Oblak has only conceded one goal this season, however, and he was equal to William Carvalho's header and Nabil Fekir's long-range curler.

Atleti had a couple of good chances of their own in the first half, both falling to Suarez, who dragged wide from 12 yards and then missed the target after racing through on goal.

But the hosts made the breakthrough early in the second period through Llorente, the versatile attacker catching out Claudio Bravo at his near post for his second goal of the season.

Oblak was again required to block Antonio Sanabria's poked attempt but Betis' hopes of a rare point in this fixture were effectively ended when Montoya brought down Yannick Carrasco and was issued a red card following a VAR check.

Bravo did well to keep out Carrasco from a one-on-one but Suarez tapped home a second goal for Atletico in the first minute of added time following some good play from substitute Renan Lodi to tee him up.

Source Omnisport