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Atletico Madrid Secure Crucial Win Over Celta Vigo with De Paul's Stunning Strike

Posted : 12 May 2024

Atletico Madrid secured a crucial 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday, thanks to Rodrigo De Paul's stunning volley, virtually ensuring their place in next season's Champions League. The win propelled Diego Simeone's side eight points clear of fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao, with just three games left in the season. Despite a drawn match for the Copa del Rey winners, Atletico capitalized on the late opportunity to extend their lead in the standings.


De Paul's decisive strike came in the 84th minute, breaking the deadlock and sparking celebrations among the fans at the Metropolitano stadium. Reflecting on his goal, De Paul expressed confidence in his ability to finish the play, emphasizing the importance of securing two more points to mathematically secure Champions League qualification for Atletico Madrid.


Throughout the match, Atletico dominated possession and created numerous scoring opportunities, but former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita thwarted their efforts with several impressive saves. Guaita's heroics denied Atletico's early attempts from Angel Correa and Rodrigo Riquelme, as well as a second-half effort from Marcos Llorente. Celta Vigo had few chances themselves, with goalkeeper Jan Oblak denying Iago Aspas an opportunity to score.


The defeat leaves Celta Vigo in a precarious position, sitting 16th in the standings and just five points above the relegation zone. With each point crucial for survival, Guaita emphasized the importance of securing safety as soon as possible. Meanwhile, other matches in La Liga saw Granada's relegation confirmed, while Barcelona and Real Sociedad battled for positioning, with Europa League aspirations on the line for several teams.


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