Atletico win with eye on Liverpool

Atletico Madrid rest players ahead of Europa clash but secore 3-1 win over Tenerife.

    Pierre Webo rues a missed chance as Mallorca draw with Malaga [EPA]

    A brace from Argentine youngster Eduardo Salvio helped Atletico Madrid warm up for their Europa League clash against Liverpool on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over Tenerife.

    With nothing left to play for in the Spanish Primera Division, Atletico coach Quique Sanchez Flores chose to rest players ahead of the match at Anfield with his side leading 1-0 from the first leg.

    It meant giving striker Salvio his first starting place since moving from Lanus in Argentina in January and he responded with his first goals for the club as Atletico dominated.

    After the break Tenerife, with the chance to leave the relegation zone with a win, responded with Roman Martinez pulling a goal back but Sergio Aguero put the game beyond them with a goal after 77 minutes.

    An injury-time equaliser from Aritz Aduriz salvaged a point for European Champions League-chasing Mallorca, who drew 1-1 with Malaga in a game which they should have won comfortably.

    The Oni Stadi has been a fortress for Mallorca this season where they have only lost twice but they were very nearly beaten again by relegation-threatened Malaga.

    Mallorca dominated the contest but profligate finishing and dogged defending saw Malaga keep them at bay.

    Shortly before half time Malaga defender Milan Stepanov was dismissed for a handball but Gustavo Munua saved the subsequent penalty taken by Gonzalo Castro.

    Stunned

    Victor Obinna stunned the stadium, scoring against the run of play, although Aduriz grabbed a 91st minute equaliser.

    Sevilla missed the chance to climb above Real Mallorca into Spain's fourth Champions League qualification berth when they conceded a penalty in added time to lose 4-3 at Getafe.

    Results & fixtures

    Saturday April 24

     
    Barcelona 3-1 Xerez
     Zaragoza 1-2 Real Madrid
     Valencia 1-0 Deportivo

    Sunday April 25

     
    Atl Madrid 3-1 Tenerife
     Santander 1-2 Villarreal
     Mallorca 1-1 Malaga
     Gijon 0-2 Valladolid
     Almeria 0-1 Espanyol
     Getafe 4-3 Sevilla

    Monday April 26

     
    Osasuna v Athl Bilbao

    Sixth-placed Villarreal came from behind to beat Racing Santander 2-1 to boost their hopes of qualifying for a place in the Europa League.

    Sergio Canales put Racing ahead with a fine shot but Villarreal deservedly turned the game around with strikes from Diego Godin and Nilmar Honorato.

    On Monday, Athletic Bilbao can draw level with Villarreal if they beat Osasuna.

    Mateus Manucho and Javier Baraja were both on target for third-from-bottom Valladolid who secured an important 2-0 win away at Sporting Gijon.

    Espanyol put distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a 1-0 away win at Almeria with Luis Garcia hitting the target.

    The gap at the top of the table remains just one point with Real Madrid beating Zaragoza 2-1 Sunday after Barcelona had earlier defeated Xerez 3-1.

    Valencia consolidated their third position with a 1-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna thanks to a first-half penalty converted by David Villa.

    SOURCE: AFP


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