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Atletico Madrid beat Getafe with Koke goal to cement second place

Diego Simeone's appeal against his Europa League final touchline ban has been upheld Diego Simeone's appeal against his Europa League final touchline ban has been upheld
Cary Erickson | 16 May, 2018, 09:31

Getafe welcome Atletico Madrid to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in the penultimate week of the league season on Saturday evening; with a win over their neighbours keeping the side in contention of a Europa League spot.

He sat in the stands for the return leg on May 3, and now that the appeal has been rejected he has three further matches of the suspension to serve, starting with the Europa League final against Marseille on May 16.

Atletico have the thinnest squad in the league after selling Yannick Carrasco and Nico Gaitan to Chinese club Dalian Yifang and letting goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya leave for Real Sociedad in February.

Costa should have doubled Atletico's lead in the 28th minute after going through one-on-one with goalkeeper Guaita, but he shot straight into his arms as the visitors entered the break with just the one-goal advantage.

The half ended in scrappy fashion and there were concerns for Atleti when Juanfran required treatment to his foot after a poor challenge from Fajr, while Gabi was lucky to escape at least a booking for a lunge on Loic Remy. Mathieu Flamini is also a doubt.

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El Geta now sit in eighth position in La Liga, two points behind Sevilla.

- Since Diego Simeone joined Atletico, Getafe have failed to win and score in each of their 11 LaLiga games against them (D1 L10).

Getafe won promotion back to the top flight last campaign and are eighth in the Liga standings, with a faint chance of unseating Sevilla who they trail by two points in seventh place, the final Europa League qualification spot.

Madrid plays Villarreal in the final round of the Liga season before the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev.