Morata scores 2 to keep Atletico in touch with Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata scored twice to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday, keeping alive its hopes of fighting Barcelona for the Spanish league title.

Atletico’s third league win in a row kept it seven points behind leader Barcelona, which left Real Madrid 12 points adrift in third place after beating its fierce rival 1-0 on Saturday.

Morata headed his goals from set pieces in the 30th and 33rd minutes of a first half dominated by the visitors.

Atletico relied on its staunch defense after midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion was sent off in the 62nd following two yellow cards for bad tackles.

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