Madrid, Dec 30 (AFP/APP): Luis Suarez made sure that Atletico Madrid will end 2020 top of La Liga after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Getafe on Wednesday.
Suarez struck in the 20th minute with a superb header from Yannick Carrasco’s cross to take Diego Simeone’s side three points ahead of Real Madrid, who are in action at lowly Elche later on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, Sevilla, and Villarreal are all a further six points back, with Barcelona 10 points behind Atletico in sixth after their 1-1 draw with Eibar on Tuesday.
Even if Madrid wins in the late kick-off they will stay behind Atletico thanks to their significantly inferior goal difference, which currently separates teams locked on the same points. Atletico will have also played two fewer matches than their local rivals come to the end of the day’s fixtures after a win emblematic of Simeone’s reign on his 500th match as coach of the club. Thomas Lemar almost opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he crashed a shot off the near post from a tight angle.
Suarez gave the hosts the lead with a beautifully placed header that was all the more impressive for the way Carrasco’s cross was flashed into a crowded area from midfield. The Uruguayan’s eighth goal of the season was as good as it got for Atletico, who despite fielding a full-strength line-up did not impress in a match of the little incident at the Wanda Metropolitano.
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