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Atlético Madrid: Morata relieved to end drought in Villarreal win

Atlético Madrid: Morata relieved to end drought in Villarreal win

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Álvaro Morata believes Atlético Madrid will keep fighting Barcelona for the title, having finally scored his first goal for the club.

Álvaro Morata admitted he did not initially celebrate his first goal for Atlético Madrid as he feared he would once more be disappointed by VAR.

The Spain striker swept home Filipe Luis' cross to break the deadlock in Sunday's 2-0 LaLiga win over Villarreal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atlético new boy had seen two goals chalked off by VAR

It ended a nine-game drought in league football for Morata, who had goals disallowed by VAR in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid and 2-0 Champions League win over Juventus this month.

The Chelsea loanee was relieved to see the officials allow him a moment to savour at last.

"Finally!" he said. "I'm very happy with the three points. It was important to get three points at our own stadium.

"I was joking with my team-mates and until I saw all the officials, I didn't celebrate it."

Atlético not giving up on the title, says Morata

The win, which was secured by a late strike from Saúl Ñíguez, moved Atlético back to within seven points of LaLiga leaders Barcelona.

Morata insists they will not give up in the title race until it is mathematically beyond them.

"We'll have to wait. If we play like we're doing, all together, it's very tough to hurt us," he said.

"Barcelona are a great team but we'll fight until the end, as long as there are points to play for."