Gaitan goal gives Atletico win over Betis
Nico Gaitan's first-half strike was enough to give Atletico all three points in a hard-fought victory against Real Betis at the Calderon.
Atletico earned a third consecutive league win by beating Real Betis 1-0 at Vicente Calderon with a goal by Nicolas Gaitan, who stuck out a foot to divert a deflected cross into the net at the near post in the ninth minute.
"It was an important win which we had to work hard for. We expected Betis to sit back in their area and make it hard for us to get through, but we managed to have a really good spell for 20 minutes," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.
"It's not easy to keep competing as we have done and I'm delighted we've won three games in a row when we've struggled for consistency at times this season."
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