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Atletico jump up to 2nd after 2-0 win over Bilbao

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Atletico Madrid is up to 2nd in La Liga, one point above cross-town rivals Real and on the same points as league leaders Barcelona.

The win hands Los Rojiblancos there first win after a three-game winless streak.

Things have not gone quite to plan so far this season for Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

Not only has his side struggled to full fill their much-publicised potential. But they have also been ravaged by injury of late too.

The hosts were without record 126 million euro signing Joao Felix due to an ankle injury and first-choice central defenders Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic.

The Argentine manager also decided to hand a rare start to Angel Correa over misfiring Diego Costa.

The hosts started off sluggishly and were fortunate not to trail early.

It was the safe hands of Slovenian international had Jan Oblak they had to thank just two minutes in.

Inigo Martinez sent a solid header goal-bound but the Slovenian pulled off a phenomenal save to deny Bilbao first blood.

However, it was Saul Niguez that sent the Wanda Metropolitano faithful wild when he gave his side the lead in te 28th minute.

It was a Correa who had the initial opportunity after an exquisite chip into the penalty area from Saul.

Correa tried to reciprocate the pass but has possession stolen him.

The only problem was that a visiting defender poked the ball right to and advancing Saul Niguez.

He sends the ball crashing into the back of the net.

Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Athletic Bilbao.

The score stayed the same, until well after the break, when in the 64th minute, Alvaro Morata a player desperate to score a goal, secured the pints.

Morata had only scored once so far this season up until this point.

Correa again was in the thick of things.

This time the Argentine makes a driving run into the box towards goal.

His cut-back pass finds Morata at the back post, leaving the Spaniard with a simple tap in.

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Athletic Bilbao.

The victory was a crucial one for Madrid.

While Angel Correa’s performance will have done nothing to harm his chances of keeping Diego Costa on the bench.

Manager Diego Simeone, not only hailed his players,  but also the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano.

He said the clubs official website atleticomadrid.com:

“The fans were extraordinary, I hope they went back home happy.”