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Elche 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez (left) celebrates scoring the opening goal
Jose Maria Gimenez (left) opened the scoring with his first goal for Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid moved above Barcelona into second in La Liga courtesy of a victory at struggling Elche.

Jose Maria Gimenez fired the reigning champions into the lead in the first half with his first goal for the club.

Mario Mandzukic's 12th goal of the season - a neat near-post finish - gave Atletico a firm grip on the game, which they did not relinquish.

Madrid still trail leaders Real Madrid but are now a point above Barca, who host Espanyol on Sunday.

Diego Simeone's side were not at their best on Saturday, but still had too much for Elche, who remain in 19th place in the table, just three points ahead of bottom club Cordoba.

With a trip to Juventus in the Champions League to come on Tuesday, Simeone will have been grateful for Mandzukic's second-half strike, which gave him the opportunity to withdraw his leading scorer for the final 15 minutes.

Atletico will go into the European clash in Turin looking for a sixth successive victory in all competitions.

Line-ups

Elche

  • 25Tyton
  • 2Suárez
  • 3RocoBooked at 90mins
  • 4Rodríguez Lombán
  • 5Cisma
  • 20Fajr
  • 6Mosquera
  • 24PasalicSubstituted forHerreraat 60'minutes
  • 10CorominasSubstituted forFragapaneat 66'minutes
  • 22Cristian de JesusBooked at 41mins
  • 17Rodríguez RomeroSubstituted forGiménez Candelaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8González Morales
  • 9Herrera
  • 14Alonso Martín
  • 19Giménez Candela
  • 21Albácar Gallego
  • 31Freixanet Viejo
  • 34Fragapane

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Juanfran
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2Godín
  • 3Siqueira
  • 6Koke
  • 14Gabi
  • 5Tiago
  • 10TuranSubstituted forJiménezat 80'minutes
  • 8Raúl García
  • 9MandzukicSubstituted forGriezmannat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 7Griezmann
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 18Gámez
  • 22Cerci
  • 28Hernández
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
18,290

Match Stats

Home TeamElcheAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Elche 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Elche 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Booking

Enzo Roco (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Enzo Roco (Elche).

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Domingo Cisma (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid).

Enzo Roco (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Domingo Cisma (Elche).

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Álvaro (Elche).

Substitution

Substitution, Elche. Álvaro replaces Víctor Rodríguez.

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Pedro Mosquera (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Elche).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl Jiménez replaces Arda Turan.

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathas (Elche).

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Víctor Rodríguez (Elche) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Antoine Griezmann replaces Mario Mandzukic.

Attempt saved. Pedro Mosquera (Elche) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Enzo Roco (Elche) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Faycal Fajr with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Elche. Conceded by Tiago.

Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Domingo Cisma (Elche).

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Domingo Cisma (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Elche. Franco Fragapane replaces Coro.

Corner, Elche. Conceded by Mario Mandzukic.

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Domingo Cisma (Elche).

Attempt missed. Víctor Rodríguez (Elche) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cristian Herrera.

Substitution

Substitution, Elche. Cristian Herrera replaces Mario Pasalic.

Attempt missed. Víctor Rodríguez (Elche) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Faycal Fajr following a corner.

Corner, Elche. Conceded by Gabi.

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Saturday 6th December 2014

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