Atletico close on Real Madrid ahead of derby

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Atletico Madrid took another step toward securing a spot in the Champions League next season by defeating Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday for their fifth win in a row in La Liga.

La Real did not get so lucky just before the half-hour mark, though.

Atletico Madrid's Italian defender Filipe Luis (left) celebrates with French forward Antoine Griezmann after scoring.

However, he managed to roll the ball onto the post with the goal at his mercy.

Carrasco was also then wasteful as he shot too close to Rulli after an unselfish cutback by Griezmann.

Atletico's play was rather more disjointed at the start of the second half and La Real were encouraged by that, becoming increasingly in prominent in possession.

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La Real dominated possession for the final 20 minutes without ever appearing to have any direction, with Eusebio Sacristan's men devoid of craft.

Giving inexpressible results in the course of the current season, to the finish the game of "mattress" stabilized and went to the usual victorious path, due to which Atletico won in the last round over Málaga 0-2, for a time broke out on the 3 line in the standings.

Left-back Theo, 19, has impressed on loan at Alaves and Marca reported earlier this week that Real would pay his €24 million release clause, breaking an unwritten gentlemen's agreement preventing such transfers between the clubs.

France Under-20 global Hernandez is on a season-long loan with Alaves, where he has made 24 LaLiga appearances and provided four assists.

The mattresses remain the absolute favorite of the pair with Real Sociedad, having won 4 victories in the last five duels.

- Atletico have kept more clean sheets than any other side in Europe's top five leagues in 2017, alongside Juventus (eight apiece).

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