Atletico Madrid’s win consolidated their third place with 62 points to stay well on course for a return to the Champions League next season.
Alvaro Morata scored twice to help Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 win over relegation-haunted Mallorca on Friday and stretch their unbeaten La Liga run to 12 games.
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Morata opened the score sheet from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after he had been fouled by Aleksander Sedlar but then saw his spot kicked saved by Manolo Reina in the first attempt. He made no mistake after being gifted a second attempt as a Mallorcan player had encroached in the penalty area.
The striker added a goal to his name just before the break. Perfectly set-up by his teammate Marcos Llorente, he poked the ball into an empty net. Koke with a deflected shot, put away the third goal for Atletico in the 76th minute.
Real Madrid on the other hand took a big step towards winning La Liga by battling past Getafe to move four points clear of Barcelona, with only five games left.
Sergio Ramos’ late penalty proved the difference at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium where Madrid were made to feel uncomfortable by Getafe but managed a narrow 1-0 victory worthy of champions. This was arguably Madrid’s toughest fixture remaining and with a four-point advantage over Barca, the trophy is firmly within their grasp. “We have not won anything,” insisted Zinedine Zidane.
“We are doing things well, yes, but there are five games still to go. If we continue like this, staying solid, it will be fine.”
If they can beat Athletic Bilbao at san Mames on Sunday, Madrid could even pull seven points clear before Barca face a difficult away game against the in-form Villareal a few hours later.