LaLiga Santander

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.

Gaitan goal gives Atletico win over Betis
JuanJo Martín EFE

Eibar-Atlético Live

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.

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"Important win"

"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."

Fernando Torres of Club Atletico de Madrid walks past his manager Diego Simeone after being substituted during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis