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Morata’s brace helps Atletico win over Mallorca

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Atletico Madrid were firmly on course to secure Champions League football next season after two goals from Alvaro Morata and a late Koke strike gave them a 3-0 home win over struggling Mallorca in La Liga on Friday, make it 12 wins in 12 games.

As a result, Atletico finished third with 62 points in 34 games, five ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla and eight ahead of fifth-placed Villarreal, who had both games in hand.

Mallorca have only a slim chance of avoiding relegation, as they remain in third place with 29 points from 34 games, five behind 17th-placed Celta Vigo, who have played one less game.

Morata fired Atletico ahead in the 29th minute with a twice-taken penalty after goalkeeper Manolo Reina was harshly judged for coming off his line when he saved the opening kick on the ball.

Morata doubled the home side’s advantage midway through the half when he struck the ball from close range after a precise Marcos Llorente strike from the right flank.

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Atletico dominated the game, but Joao Felix missed two good chances in the first half, and substitute Renan Lodi hit the crossbar with a precise shot from an acute angle in the 73rd minute.

Midfielder Koke sealed the victory in the 79th minute with a deflected shot from outside the box when his evasive volley left Reina stranded after clipping the heel of substitute Juan Sastre.

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Atletico will next visit Celta on Tuesday, while Mallorca will host 12th-placed Levante on Thursday.

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