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Simeone’s side boost chances of finishing third

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  • Alvaro Morata scored a brace as Atletico Madrid won 3-0 against Real Mallorca 
  • Morata opened the scoring from the penalty spot before adding another goal 
  • Koke made certain of Atletico’s victory when he found the net in 79th minute 
  • The result leaves Atletico in third place in La Liga while Mallorca are down in 18th

Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course to secure Champions League football next season after two goals by Alvaro Morata and a late strike from Koke gave them a 3-0 home win over struggling Mallorca in La Liga on Friday.

The result left Atletico third on 62 points from 34 games, five ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla and eight in front of fifth-placed Villarreal who both have a game in hand.

Mallorca have a only slim chance of avoiding relegation as they remained third-bottom on 29 points from 34 games, five behind 17th-placed Celta Vigo who have played a game less.

Alvaro Morata put Atletico Madrid ahead as he scored from the penalty spot after 29 minutes
Alvaro Morata put Atletico Madrid ahead as he scored from the penalty spot after 29 minutes
Morata is congratulated by his Atletico team-mates after his goal put his side 2-0 ahead

The striker celebrates after he doubled both his and Atletico's tallies against Mallorca

Morata fired Atletico ahead in the 29th minute with a twice taken penalty after goalkeeper Manolo Reina was harshly adjudged to have come off his line when he saved the initial spot-kick.

Morata doubled the home side’s lead on the stroke of halftime when he tapped the ball in from close range after a fine cut-back by Marcos Llorente from the right flank.

Atletico dominated the game but Joao Felix wasted two good chances in the opening half and substitute Renan Lodi shaved the crossbar with a fine shot from a tight angle in the 73rd minute.

Koke scored in the 79th minute to make sure of Atletico's victory in their clash versus Mallorca

Morata competes for the ball with Real Mallorca defender Aleksandar Sedlar in the first half

The result boosts the chances of Diego Simeone's side finishing in third place in La Liga

Midfielder Koke sealed the win in the 79th with a deflected shot from outside the penalty area, as his swerving volley left Reina stranded after it clipped substitute Juan Sastre’s heel.

Atletico next visit Celta on Tuesday, while Mallorca host 12th-placed Levante on Thursday.

Atletico forward Diego Costa challenges for possession with Iddrisu Baba of Mallorca

Atletico Madrid's Koke attempts to retain possession while under pressure from Aleix Febas

Takefusa Kubo of Mallorca finds himself pursued by Marcos Llorente during the LaLiga clash

Takefusa Kubo of Mallorca finds himself pursued by Marcos Llorente during the LaLiga clash

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