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Atletico Madrid move closer to securing UCL spot


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MADRID, May 13: Atletico Madrid moved closer to securing the fourth and final Champions League spot with a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the Spanish league.Rodrigo De Paul scored an 84th-minute winner for Atletico, which opened an eight-point gap to fifth-place Athletic Bilbao with three rounds remaining. Athletic was held at home to a 2-2 draw with Osasuna on Saturday.
Real Betis beat last-place Almeria 3-2 at home to move to sixth place and strengthen its hold on the European qualifying spots.Pablo Fornals, Isco and Ayoze Pérez scored for Betis.
Cadiz, sitting in 18th place, kept alive its hopes of escaping demotion with a 1-0 win against midtable Getafe.Rubén Alcaraz scored the winner by converting a 35th-minute penalty kick.
Real, which clinched its 36th league title last weekend, won 4-0 at Granada on Saturday. The Spanish powerhouse celebrated on Sunday by parading through the city.The celebrations did not take place last weekend because Madrid played Bayern on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals. (PTI)


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