Atletico win against Old Trafford ECL

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Joao Felix kept up his fine scoring form to help Atletico Madrid beat Cadiz 2-1 at home in the Spanish league, a timely morale booster ahead of their Champions League decision against Manchester United.

After struggling for most of the season, Diego Simeone’s Atletico are producing their best football in months with a run of four consecutive domestic league wins only interrupted by a 1-1 home draw with United a year ago. two weeks.

Atletico travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday for the second leg of their round of 16.

Felix netted his fifth goal in as many matches after netting early to send Atletico on their way to victory.

The 22-year-old striker intercepted a poor pass from Cadiz keeper Jeremias Ledesma and calmly curled a shot from a tight angle just two minutes into the game. It was his fifth goal in as many games.

The hosts were almost down to 10 men in the 40th when Reinildo Mandava was shown a red card for a low tackle, but the referee changed it to yellow after a video review.

Alvaro Negredo equalized Cadiz just before half-time by heading in a cross from Pacha Espino. The Atletico defense have lost track of the veteran Cadiz striker with four attacking players flooding the box.

Seeing his attack struggling, Simeone dispatched Luis Suarez and Angel Correa for Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco with half an hour to play.

Both Suarez and Correa were instrumental in Rodrigo de Paul’s winner. Suarez passed to Correa, whose shot was blocked by Ledesma, only for the ball to fall into the path of De Paul who was charging into the box. The Argentine midfielder headed the ball into the corner of the net.

Atletico then needed a defensive save from centre-back Jose Gimenez to secure the win. Gimenez used his head to parry a Luis Hernandez shot after goalkeeper Jan Oblak failed to clear.

Atletico were briefly down to 10 after substitute Javi Serrano saw a straight red after tackling Alex Fernandez two minutes from time.

The referee also kicked two Cadiz staffers out of the dugout, reportedly for protesting in the final minutes.

Atletico moved up to third place ahead of Barcelona. The defending champions are 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid and four behind second-placed Sevilla.

Cadiz remained in the relegation zone.

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