Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Betis – Diego Simeone’s side beat 10 -man Betis after Martin Montoya was sent off to go 2nd in La Liga after goals from Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez
- Aletico Madrid two points behind city rivals Real after their win at the Nou Camp
- Martin Montoya was sent off for Betis after he brought down Yannick Carrasco
- Goals at either end of the second half from Llorente and Suarez sealed win
Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0 at home on Saturday in La Liga thanks to goals from Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez after coach Diego Simeone sprung a double change at halftime.
Llorente put Atletico in front at the start of the second half, tearing into the box from the left wing and tucking the ball inside the near post from a tight angle.
Betis had played well in the first half and dominated the ball. However, Atletico took control of the game after Simeone hauled off Lucas Torreira and Thomas Lemar for Yannick Carrasco and Hector Herrera for the second period, instantly giving the team more pace and purpose in midfield.
Marcos Llorente opened the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium just after half time
Llorente is joined by his team mate in celebration, it was the striker second goal of the season
Suarez has enjoyed a fine start to his Atletico career since his summer move from Barcelona
The Uruguayan forward scored his fourth goal in six appearance in the win over Real Betis
Diego Simeone will be happy with his side’s response after their 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich
The visitors were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining when Martin Montoya was sent off for hauling down Carrasco. The referee initially gave the defender a booking before he revised the play in a VAR review and changed it to a straight red card.
Suarez then struck in stoppage time after combining well with left back Renan Lodi to clinch a therapeutic victory for Atletico after Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The win took Atletico into second in the standings on 11 points after five games, two behind Real Madrid who beat Barcelona 3-1 earlier on Saturday in the ‘Clasico’.