Atletico warm up for Man United Champions League clash with victory

MADRID: Atletico Madrid edged out Cadiz 2-1 on Friday to move into third place in La Liga and earn a timely morale boost ahead of their Champions League trip to Manchester United next week.

Diego Simeone’s team are three points ahead of Barcelona who hosts Osasuna on Sunday but 12 points back from leaders Real Madrid who also have a game in hand.

On Tuesday, Atletico go to Old Trafford for a Champions League last 16 tie which is delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg in Spain last month.

Joao Felix gave Atletico the perfect start when he opened the scoring in just the third minute from a pass by Mario Ledesma.

However, 36-year-old striker Alvaro Negredo headed Cadiz level just before half-time.

Rodrigo de Paul sealed the win in the 68th minute.

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