Atletico Madrid Stretched Their Advantage At The Top Of La Liga To Four Points With A 2-0 Win Over Sevilla

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Atletico Madrid Stretched Their Advantage At The Top Of La Liga To Four Points With A 2-0 Win Over Sevilla

Atletico Madrid stretched their advantage at the top of La Liga to four points with a 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Diego Simeone’s side took the lead when Angel Correa fired in after receiving a pass from England’s Kieran Trippier – back in the team after his 10-week ban for betting breaches was suspended.

Saul Niguez ensured victory in the 76th minute with a thumping effort.

It was a first defeat in 10 games in all competitions for in-form Sevilla, who are sixth in the table.

Atletico now have 41 points from 16 games, four clear of second-placed Real Madrid, who have played two games more.

They were made to work hard for their win with the visitors producing 13 efforts on goal compared to their five. However, Atletico keeper Jan Oblak only had to make two saves of note.

Simeone’s men made the most of their chances, with forward Luis Suarez also coming close to scoring, only to be denied by the brilliance of Sevilla keeper Bono.

A Football Association panel found in December the 30-year-old had committed four breaches of a betting rule.

He was given an immediate worldwide football ban and fined £70,000 but this has now been put on hold.

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Fifa said the postponement was due to “the request for provisional measures lodged by Atletico Madrid”.

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The offences occurred in July 2019, which is when Trippier joined Atletico from Tottenham Hotspur.

Trippier missed Atletico’s 1-0 victory over Getafe on Wednesday.

“Following the appeal and, specifically, the request for provisional measures lodged by the club Atletico Madrid, the Fifa Appeal Committee has approved to stay the extension of the suspension until the procedure is over before the committee,” a spokesperson for football’s world governing body Fifa added.

Atletico Madrid Stretched Their Advantage At The Top Of La Liga To Four Points With A 2-0 Win Over Sevilla

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