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Spain La LigaLa Liga Match UpdatesElche 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Elche 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Next season, Atletico Madrid will secure Champions League football following a 2-0 victory over Elche.

Matheus Cunha and Rodrigo de Paul were on target as Diego Simeone celebrated his 400th LaLiga match in charge of Los Rojiblancos in the best way possible.

Elche can also celebrate with their top-flight status ensured for another season following Mallorca’s draw with Sevilla despite the defeat.

The offside flag denied substitute Luis Suarez, his 12th goal of the LaLiga season in stoppage time as Atleti cruised to victory.

Starting lineup:

ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Sime Vrsaljko, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Reinildo; Rodrigo de Paul, Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yannick Carrasco; Antoine Griezmann, Matheus Cunha.

ELCHE (4-4-2): Edgar Badia; Helibelton Palacios, Enzo Roco, Pedro Bigas, Johan Mojica; Tete Morente, Omar Mascarell, Gerard Gumbau, Fidel; Lucas Boye, Pere Milla.

Goals:

CUNHA!!! 1-0 ATLETICO! The visitors lead! Cunha demonstrates tremendous instincts as he slides in to meet Lodi’s low cross and direct the ball past Badia.

DE PAUL!!! 2-0 ATLETICO! Breathing space for the visitors. Following a lovely move, Griezmann gets in behind. The France international unselfishly squares the ball for De Paul, who applies the finishing touch.

What does it mean? Milestone man Simeone continues Elche dominance

Simeone’s side eased to their 10th straight LaLiga victory over Elche, who have not defeated Atletico in all competitions since March 2002.

Victory capped a special day for Simeone, who became just the third manager to coach 400 LaLiga games with a single club, winning 244 of those matches across his 11-year spell in the Spanish capital.

Atletico has all but secured Champions League football for next season.

With Betis requiring a remarkable turnaround in the last two games to earn a place in the top four.

What’s next?

Atletico can confirm their top-four spot by defeating fourth-placed Sevilla at home on Sunday, while Elche visits Celta Vigo on the same day.

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