December 3, 2020

Diego Costa strike ensures Atletico top-four end – soccer

Atletico Madrid sealed Champions League qualification for the eighth consecutive season by beating Actual Betis 1-Zero at residence on Saturday due to a late Diego Costa objective after having a participant despatched off and seeing two objectives dominated out following VAR opinions. Costa scored the one objective of the sport with a scuffed header within the 74th minute, though Atletico needed to wait a number of minutes for the referee to find out whether or not the ball had then hit his arm or shoulder on its approach into the online.

The victory took third-placed Atletico on to 66 factors after 36 video games, 9 forward of fifth-placed Villarreal, and maintained coach Diego Simeone’s run of reaching Europe’s premier competitors in every of his full campaigns in cost.

Betis, who had already ensured their top-flight standing, are 13th on 42 factors.

Angel Correa had seen a objective dominated out within the first half for a handball in opposition to Marcos Llorente, and Alvaro Morata had a strike dominated out for offside, whereas Betis had come near scoring by Andres Guardado and Loren Moron.

The guests have been the higher aspect for a lot of the second half and striker Loren ought to have scored when he skipped into the realm unchallenged however noticed his tried dink previous Jan Oblak trickle large of the goal.

Atletico defender Mario Hermoso was despatched off within the 57th following a straight crimson card for a reckless deal with, and Betis continued to dominate however couldn’t maintain their composure in entrance of the objective.

As a substitute, Atletico pounced with their weapon of alternative, a set piece, as Costa received on the top of Yannick Carrasco’s lofted free kick into the realm.

“We’re fortunate that I scuffed it as a result of if I’d hit the ball cleanly it might have gone large,” Costa mentioned.