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Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Koke seals derby victory

Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix missed the best openings of a cagey first half, before visiting captain Koke finished neatly into the bottom-right corner in the 49th minute
28 November 2021, Spain, Cadiz: Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (R) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammate Koke during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cadiz CF and Atletico Madrid at Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium. Photo: Jose Luis Contreras/DAX via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (R) celebrates with teammate Koke in this file photo. Photo: Jose Luis Contreras/dpa.

Koke's fine second-half strike earned Atletico Madrid a 1-0 derby victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, though Diego Simeone's team finished with 10 men.

Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix missed the best openings of a cagey first half, before visiting captain Koke finished neatly into the bottom-right corner in the 49th minute.

Jan Oblak made a fine left-handed save to preserve the lead, and Atleti held on despite Angel Correa's late red card, earning a fifth successive league win and boosting their hopes of a top-four finish.

Griezmann's early volley forced Stole Dimitrievski into a reaction stop at his near post, before Joao Felix poked agonisingly wide after meeting Rodrigo de Paul's free-kick at the back post.

Joao Felix then sent a disappointing header over the bar from a right-wing corner on 34 minutes, but the fleet-of-foot Portugal international was Atleti's brightest attacker in a competitive first half.

Multiple chances

Stefan Savic headed over from another set-piece at the end of a first half in which chances came at a premium, with both sides each registering just one shot on target each before the break.

Atleti went up a gear at the start of the second half, however, with Koke exchanging a neat give-and-go with Joao Felix before bending the ball into the bottom-right corner.

Mario Suarez drew a stunning save from Oblak on the hour and substitute Correa put his team in a difficult spot when he saw red on 85 minutes for shoving Alejandro Catena, but the visitors clung on.

Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Koke seals derby victory
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