Atletico Madrid solidified third place in the La Liga table with a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad in their tune-up ahead of a critical derby match with Real Madrid at the weekend.
The win places Diego Simeone’s men on 61 points after 30 matches, three points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla who face second-placed Barcelona on Wednesday.
The hosts secured the winning goal after 28 minutes thanks to left-back Filipe Luis — the Brazil international finishing off a wonderful one-two with Fernando Torres at the top of the box with a sliding, poked finish past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli from close range.
Atletico will next visit league leaders Real Madrid on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu in a rematch of last year’s Champions League final which Real won after penalties.
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