Atletico close in on LaLiga title ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid

The result leaves Atletico on 80 points, four clear of second-placed Barcelona and five ahead of third-placed Real Madrid, who visit Granada on Thursday.

Los Colchoneros now know they will lift a first LaLiga title since 2014 if they beat Osasuna and Real Valladolid in their final two fixtures – though they may not even need that should Barca and Real results go their way.

Diego Simeone’s side made an aggressive start and after spurning a few early chances they deservedly went ahead with a low finish from Yannick Carrasco in the 16th minute, doubling their lead in the 28th through Argentine forward Angel Correa.

Sociedad had their moments but were denied by six saves from Atletico’s talismanic keeper Jan Oblak while forward Portu hit the post late on.

They finally got a goal when defender Igor Zubeldia bundled the ball into the net in the 83rd minute, ensuring a nerve-shredding finish for the leaders.

Atletico were hemmed into their own half for most of the remaining minutes but clung on for the vital victory.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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