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Atletico win over La Coruna marred by fan violence
On the field, Atletico once again relied on their expertise from set-pieces to claim all three points as Saul Niguez headed in from Koke's free-kick just before half-time. Victory takes Atletico a point ahead of Barcelona and back to within four points of leaders Real Madrid, but Barca can reclaim second spot when they visit Valencia later on Sunday. Atletico started much the brighter despite the understandably subdued atmosphere at the Vicente Calderon and could have been in front twice in the opening 10 minutes. Mario Mandzukic scored his first hat-trick for Atletico in the 4-0 mauling of Olympiakos in midweek and was inches away from finding the net again when he headed Koke's fine cross on to the post. Two minutes later another delivery from Koke caused havoc as Jose Gimenez nodded his corner towards goal, but Sidnei was on hand to hack the ball clear off the line. The visitors were finally punished from a set-piece two minutes before the break as Koke's in-swinging free-kick was flicked on by Diego Godin and the unmarked Niguez powered home a header at the back post. Turan then made the game safe with Atletico's first effort on goal in the second-half as he pounced on a loose ball at the edge of the box and Ivan Cavaleiro inadvertently deflected the ball beyond the helpless Fabricio in the Deportivo goal. Substitute Cristian Rodriguez was inches away from adding a third when he shot just wide nine minutes from time.

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