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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
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2Godín
  • 3Siqueira
  • 6Koke
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 10TuranSubstituted forJiménezat 80'minutes
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Elche 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Enzo Roco (Elche).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Domingo Cisma (Elche).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro (Elche).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Álvaro replaces Víctor Rodríguez.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Elche).

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 6th December 2014

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