Atletico Madrid got one step closer to secure a Champions League spot next season following two goals of Alvaro Morata and a late strike from Koke that helped them register a home won against struggling Mallorca in La Liga on Friday.
The result kept the Madrid-based club third on 62 points from 34 games, five ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla and eight more than the fifth-placed Villarreal who both have one game in hand.
Alvaro Morata Scores a Brace
Mallorca have a only slim chance of avoiding relegation as they remained third-bottom on 29 points from 34 games, five behind 17th-placed Celta Vigo who have played a game less. Morata fired Atletico ahead in the 29th minute with a twice taken penalty after goalkeeper Manolo Reina was harshly adjudged to have come off his line when he saved the initial spot-kick.
Morata doubled the home side's lead on the stroke of halftime when he tapped the ball in from close range after a fine cut-back by Marcos Llorente from the right flank. Atletico dominated the game but Joao Felix wasted two good chances in the opening half and substitute Renan Lodi shaved the crossbar with a fine shot from a tight angle in the 73rd minute.
Midfielder Koke sealed the win in the 79th with a deflected shot from outside the penalty area, as his swerving volley left Reina stranded after it clipped substitute Juan Sastre's heel. Atletico next visit Celta on Tuesday, while Mallorca host 12th-placed Levante on Thursday.
(With agency inputs)