Atletico Madrid Secures Slim Victory Over Mallorca with Early Riquelme Goal

Atletico Madrid reinforced their lead over Athletic Bilbao in the chase for Champions League qualification with a victory against Mallorca. Winger Rodrigo Riquelme’s early goal secured a 1-0 win, bringing Atletico Madrid closer to a fourth-place finish. With only four games left, Diego Simeone’s team sits at 67 points, six points ahead of Athletic Bilbao, who won against Getafe the day before.

The match had a lackluster atmosphere, and both teams seemed to lack urgency. The highlight of the game was Riquelme’s exceptional goal in the fifth minute, sealing the victory for Atletico Madrid. Riquelme capitalized on a loose ball at the edge of the box, maneuvered past two defenders, and delivered an unstoppable shot into the right corner of the goal.

Mallorca struggled to make an impact in the game, with only a 0.24 expected goals. They have failed to score in 15 out of 34 league matches this season, second only to Cadiz. Despite attempting 526 passes, their highest in a league match this season, Mallorca couldn’t find the back of the net.

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