Atletico Madrid extended their advantage to four points at the LaLiga summit as they saw off Seville 2-0 at Tuesday’s Wanda Metropolitano.
Seville may have been the first team to draw three consecutive away games at Wanda, but as they consolidated their place at the top of the table, Atletico created a vintage display of clinical finishing and resolute defending.
Atletico edged an even first half and went ahead through the clinical finish of Angel Correa with just over a quarter of an hour played, while Jan Oblak through Ivan Rakitic and Youssef En-Nesyri troubled Sevilla.
In the second half, the visitors dominated proceedings but failed to find a way through the famously shrewd defense of Atletico, who eventually claimed an 11th clean sheet in LaLiga this term as Saul Niguez put the game in the latter stages beyond Seville.
In the opening exchanges, Sevilla looked brilliant as Rakitic checked Oblak early on, but in the 17th minute they found themselves trailing- Correa picking out the bottom-right corner with a snapshot on the swivel that caught Yassine Bounou unsighted in goal.
Soon after, Atletico were lucky at the other end.
Initially, Oblak charged out to thwart En-Nesyri and the ball fell kindly to Marcos Acuna, but with the goalkeeper of the hosts stranded, the left-back fired wide of the empty net.
Before the half-hour mark, Luis Suarez then struck, but his close-range volley was very well blocked by Bounou.
Early in the second half, En-Nesyri tried his luck from a close angle, but Oblak had no trouble making the save.
But though Seville saw most of the ball, the En-Nesyri effort was hardly the beginning of an attack, and they were picked up by Atletico 14 minutes from time.