Morata Brace Sees Atletico Win

Atletico Madrid closed back to within seven points of Barcelona thanks to Alvaro Morata’s quickfire brace in a 2-0 win at Real Socieded on Sunday.

Spain striker Morata opened his Atletico account in last weekend’s victory over Villarreal and boosted his tally to three goals in two games with a pair of headers in the space of three first-half minutes. Diego Simeone’s side needed three points to stay in touch with LaLiga leaders Barca, who edged Real Madrid 1-0 in El Clasico on Saturday, and had to complete the job with 10 men after Koke received a second yellow in the 62nd minute. But the home side, unbeaten in their 10 previous outings across all competitions, failed to make the advantage count and could not keep the Rojiblancos from moving five points clear of their city rivals.

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