Morata double helps Atletico stretch unbeaten run to 12 games

MADRID (AFP) – Alvaro Morata scored twice to help Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 win over relegation-haunted Mallorca on Friday and stretch their unbeaten La Liga run to 12 games.

The victory consolidated their third place on 62 points to stay well on course for a return to the Champions League next season.

Morata opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute.

He had been fouled by Aleksandar Sedlar but then saw his spot-kick saved by Manolo Reina.

However, a Mallorcan player had encroached in the penalty area and Morata made no mistake with his second attempt.

The striker added a second goal just before the break.

Ideally set-up by Marcos Llorente, he prodded the ball into an empty net.

Koke, with a deflected shot, put away the third goal for Atletico in the 76th minute.

Atletico Madrid’s Spanish forward Alvaro Morata celebrates with teammates after scoring a second goal against Mallorca. PHOTO: AFP