Atletico Madrid's players celebrate after their first goal during match against Sevilla in Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, on Tuesday. Reuters
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Atletico Madrid defeated Sevilla to extend their lead at the top of Spanish League by four points on Tuesday.
The leaders strengthened their title credentials with a 2-0 romp of Sevilla after goals in each half from Angel Correa and substitute Saul Niguez on a freezing night following historic snowfall in the Spanish capital allowed Diego Simeone's side to increase the gap between themselves and city rivals Real Madrid.
The match at the Wanda Metropolitano was one of three games in hand that Atletico had on Madrid and Barcelona, who sit a further three points back in third.
Their home fixture with Athletic Bilbao at the weekend had to be postponed after Madrid experienced its heaviest snowfall in half a century.
"I'm very happy to help the team with this goal... the work pays off," said Saul after the win.
Sevilla meanwhile stay sixth on 30 points, level with fifth-placed Real Sociedad.
Zinedine Zidane's Madrid will have a tough task defending their La Liga crown on the evidence of Tuesday's display which bore all the hallmarks of a Simeone side.
Kieran Trippier returned to the atletico side after FIFA suspended the England international's 10-week ban for breaching betting rules.
And the 30-year-old marked his comeback by helping Correa open the scoring in the 17th minute with a cut back that still left the Argentine with plenty of work to do as he controlled the ball in the area.
Atletico Madrid have stayed strong at the top of La Liga, but the Spanish League leaders cannot afford to be complacent with Real Madrid having hit their stride and Barcelona gaining momentum, ahead of what could prove a crucial month in the title race.
Atletico Madrid thrashed Alaves 4-0 on Saturday to keep alive their faint hopes of winning the La Liga title as they stayed 10 points behind leaders Barcelona in second place in the standings.
European football's governing body said Ronaldo was facing charges of "improper conduct" after he mimicked Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing 'cojones' gesture in last Tuesday's 3-0 win that sent Juventus through 3-2 on aggregate.
Getafe missed the chance to return to La Liga’s top-four despite snatching a 2-2 draw away to struggling Real Valladolid on Sunday in a thrilling encounter that included a red card, a serious injury, two disallowed goals and a last-gasp equaliser.
Hayward, meanwhile, took the overall honours in the 10km run with a time of 47:28, finishing a minute and 37 seconds ahead of Helen Boland of Ireland (49:05), while Kahli Johnson of the UK was third overall with a time of 49:10.
The UAE-based GPX Racing has become only the second Emirati team to take outright victory at the Hankook 24H DUBAI after a commanding performance at the Dubai Autodrome on Saturday.
The deciding fourth Test between Australia and India in Brisbane hung in the balance on the second day after a massive thunderstorm caused play to be abandoned on Saturday following the tea break.
Three passengers on two charter flights that brought them to Melbourne on Saturday tested positive to Covid-19, causing 47 players on those flights to be barred from practising for a fortnight, in what could be a major setback to their Australian Open preparations.