LaLiga Matchweek 20 report: Atlético de Madrid beat Valencia to get a seven-point gap over Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid moved seven points clear at the top of LaLiga Santander with a 3-1 win over Valencia at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday night.

With Kieran Trippier's 10-week ban now back in force, Sime Vrsaljko stood in at right-back, while Joao Felix played from the start for the first time in three league games.

Los Rojiblancos were on the front foot from the start, with Jose Maria Gimenez forcing Jaume Domenech into a sharp save from an early corner.

Diego Simeone's side had to come from behind to win, though, after Uros Racic gave Valencia the lead with a sublime strike from distance which curled away from Jan Oblak's reach.

The hosts weren't behind for long, however, and found their equaliser when Joao Felix prodded in Thomas Lemar's corner to score his first goal in LaLiga Santander since the start of November.

It took until the 54th minute for Atletico to go ahead, as Luis Suarez picked up Joao Felix's pass and coolly slotted past Jaume.

The Uruguayan, on his 34th birthday, went to the top of the Pichichi standings with that goal, drawing level with Youssef En-Nesyri on 12 goals for the campaign.

Substitute Angel Correa had a couple of chances to extend Atletico's advantage. He converted the first from Marcos Llorente's cross in the 76th minute but couldn't beat Jaume from close range in the latter stages.

Simeone's men held on for the victory, their seventh in a row in LaLiga Santander, to move seven points clear of second-placed Real Madrid in the table, and they still with a game in hand.

Valencia, meanwhile, remain in 14th place, just two points above the relegation zone.

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