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Yannick Carrasco produced a pass of the season contender against Elche

Atlético Madrid went further clear at the top of the La Liga table by pushing aside minnows Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium last night.

A brace from Luis Suárez and a goal from the spot for Diego Costa summed up the Rojiblancos’ victorious outing: but the one passage of play which undisputedly caught the most eyeballs was Yannick Ferreira Carrasco’s defence splitting assist for Suárez’ second goal of the night.

Already a goal up, Atlético Madrid pushed for a two goal cushion and found it when Belgian Carrasco found the Uruguayan striker from the left flank.

Being passed the ball on the left wing, Carrasco cut inside on his favoured left foot to take his marker out of the equation: and fizzed in a low, accurate cross across the penalty area which was toe-poked home by Luis Suárez.

Carrasco’s incredibly accurate delivery of the cross across goal left the Elche defence stunned and helpless: they could only watch as Atlético’s summer acquisition from Barcelona tapped the ball in from close range.

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The brilliant pass from the Belgian winger would definitely have been a contender for the assist of the season (if such an award existed), as Carrasco’s vision as well as creativity secured the all-important three points for Atlético.

With the 3-1 win at home last night, Atlético went 3 points clear at the top of the La Liga table: having played three less games than Real Sociedad, who currently occupy the second spot with 26 points.

With traditional rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona not having started with a bang this season, Diego Simeone’s side will back their odds to bring the coveted La Liga title to the red and white part of Madrid: and win their first league championship since the 2013/14 season.

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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