Atletico Madrid 2 Real Sociedad 0: Godin and Filipe Luis send Simeone's men top

Atletico Madrid moved top of the La Liga table as defenders Diego Godin and Filipe Luis scored as a 2-0 home win over Real Sociedad.

Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin celebrates after scoring against Real Sociedad.   -  Getty Images

Diego Godin and Filipe Luis were on target as Atletico Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano to move top of La Liga.

Atletico bounced back from a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League with Godin and Filipe Luis scoring either side of half-time.

That loss was the heaviest of Diego Simeone's seven-year spell at Atletico, but his side have now taken 14 points from a possible 18 to climb to the summit.

Last season's champions Barcelona, though, can reclaim top spot on Sunday if it avoids defeat at home to Real Madrid in the first Clasico of 2018-19.

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Antoine Griezmann's improvised volley flew over the crossbar as Atletico made a slow start in response to its Champions League humiliation.

Ruben Pardo fired off target twice in quick succession but Atleti took the lead shortly before half-time. Angel Correa did brilliantly to turn away from Kevin Rodrigues and Raul Navas could only deflect the low cross out for captain Godin to finish smartly into the bottom-right corner.

And it was another defender who struck the decisive second goal on the hour-mark. Filipe Luis, a half-time replacement for World Cup-winning defender Lucas Hernandez who went off as a precaution with a muscle problem, sent a smashing finish into the top-right corner, giving former Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya no chance.

Diego Costa fired straight at Moya as Atletico sought to extend its lead, but Simeone and his side can watch El Clasico from their lofty position atop La Liga.

 

What does it mean? Atletico find a way

It was a mostly stodgy performance from Atletico, which took time to find its stride in the first half. But, as it so often does under Simeone, it found a way to win the game despite failing to produce its best football. It heads to Leganes next weekend and will expect to collect another three points against the struggler. The title race is very much on.

Godin leads from the front

Uruguay centre-back Godin is far from a regular goalscorer - he last found the net in La Liga back in March 2017 - but he stepped up when his team needed him with an unerring strike of which a striker would have been proud. Filipe Luis' goal was a cracker too and he has now scored in consecutive league appearances.

Pardo misses cost visitors 

Sociedad was seeking a third straight LaLiga away win and it arguably deserved to be in front at half-time. But Pardo missed its clearest two sights of goal and Godin punished those misses. Once ahead, Atletico was unlikely to give up its lead and it has now kept a clean sheet in 18 of its last 26 home league matches.

Key Opta Facts

- Atletico is the only team from the top five European leagues yet to concede a goal in the first half of games this season.

- Godin scored his first non-headed goal in La Liga since September 2012 against Real Valladolid. His previous 11 league goals were headers.

- Atletico has not conceded a goal in La Liga this season while Rodrigo has been on the pitch (529 minutes played).

- Costa has failed to score in his last 17 league games, his longest drought between LaLiga and the Premier League.

What's next?

There is Copa del Rey action for both teams in midweek, with Atletico travelling to minnow Sant Andreu on Tuesday, while Celta Vigo welcomes Real Sociedad to Balaidos two days later.

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