Atletico Madrid secured qualification for the Champions League on Wednesday as a 2-0 victory away at Elche assured their place in La Liga’s high 4.
Matheus Cunha and Rodrigo De Paul have been each on track as Atletico pulled six factors away from Actual Betis in fifth, with two video games left to play. Atletico even have the superior head-to-head document over Betis.
Sevilla, although, failed to verify of their top-four spot as the crew’s poor finish to the season had earlier continued with a goalless draw at residence to struggling Mallorca.
Atletico look doubtless now to complete third and though the defence of their league title has been massively disappointing – they’re 14 factors behind Actual Madrid – Diego Simeone’s aspect have no less than averted lacking out on the Champions League, which for some time appeared a really actual chance.
“I’m completely satisfied for the gamers,” stated Simeone. “It’s been an up and down season, with a Champions League once we competed very effectively and a La Liga the place we haven’t been in a position to preserve our consistency.
“It’s not what we imagined however we’ve achieved the target – the Champions League for an additional yr, which is essential for the membership.”
In December, Atletico misplaced 4 league video games in a row for the primary time ever beneath Simeone, earlier than defeat by Levante, who sat backside of the desk, prompted disaster talks between coach and gamers in February.
However 5 consecutive victories in March proved essential and whereas there was one other dip in latest weeks, Atletico have achieved simply sufficient to seal Champions League qualification for a tenth consecutive yr.
Cunha turns residence
Cunha gave Atleti the lead within the twenty eighth minute as Antoine Griezmann picked out Renan Lodi’s run down the left and Cunha was in the fitting place to divert within the cross to the close to submit.
The guests made it two shortly after the hour, De Paul ending off an outstanding transfer after a slick change with Lodi, who had once more damaged by the Elche defence.
Atletico play at residence on Sunday to Sevilla, whose stalemate in opposition to Mallorca on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan ought to solely delay their qualification given they sit 5 factors away from Betis, with two video games left to play.
Sevilla will want just one extra level to ensure they end forward of Betis, as in addition they have the higher head-to-head with their metropolis rivals.
However Julen Lopetegui’s aspect do have two tough final video games, with Sunday’s journey to the Wanda Metropolitano coming earlier than a closing match at residence to Athletic Bilbao.
And even when they recover from the road, Sevilla are ending what was as soon as a promising marketing campaign with a whimper, after simply three wins now of their final 12 in all competitions.
There have been whistles from the house followers whereas Mallorca have been hardly glad with a draw both. They keep 18th, two factors adrift of security, with Cadiz forward of them enjoying a recreation in hand away at Actual Sociedad on Thursday.
Sevilla had the higher possibilities general however Mallorca have been removed from overwhelmed and will have taken the lead on the break when Vedat Muriqi’s header needed to be clawed away by Bono.
Anthony Martial went shut for Sevilla within the second half however their greatest probability got here in injury-time as Youssef En-Nesyri linked effectively with a header, just for Mallorca goalkeeper Manolo Reina to make a wonderful save.