The Atletico Madrid his participation in the next Champions League was assured, the minimum objective required of a team that has not responded up to what was expected of it this season but that at least has known how to react in the final stretch to manage not to compromise the next one .
In elcheSimeone’s men were superior and achieved a comfortable victory (0-2) thanks to goals from Matheus Cunha and Rodrigo de Paul against a local team that already knew they would continue in the First Division for another year
The game started off rough for the rojiblancos with Vrsaljko’s injury, which barely lasted six minutes on the pitch. His replacement, Renan Lodi, was one of the great protagonists of the crashdoing a lot of damage down the left flank.
Atlético was in control from the start, but a header from Bigas was about to become the first goal. Elche had forgiven and the rojiblanco team did not do the same, going ahead through Cunha. Kondogbia found Lodi in the band and the center of the Brazilian found his compatriot, who anticipated the local defense.
He was able to score the second De Paul in a very clear one-on-one against Badía, but the Argentine was not successful at all with everything in favor. Of course, the play was invalidated by an offside that would have had to be reviewed.
after the break, Atleti intensified their dominance, looking for a second goal that would avoid the usual suffering of the last minutes. And the award for his ambition came with the second goal, after a great combination between Griezmann and De Paul in which the Frenchman decided to give the Argentine the goal.
The clash had little more history, with Elche already celebrating staying in the First Division for another year and Atlético letting themselves go too, although looking for the third against. Correa almost found him with a shot to the wood, after a touch from Edgar Badía, who made a save. And Luis Suárez achieved it already in added time, but the goal was annulled due to a previous offside. It was not necessary, the Champions League was already assured for Atlético.