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Atlético beats Huesca to return to the top in Spanish league

Ángel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored a goal in each half as Atlético Madrid defeated Huesca 2-0 Thursday to regain sole possession of the Spanish league lead.

The home victory left Atlético three points in front of second-place Real Madrid, which had provisionally taken the lead on Wednesday by winning 3-0 at Cádiz. Sevilla, which won 1-0 at Levante on Wednesday, was six points back in third place.

Fourth-place Barcelona can move back past Sevilla if it defeats Getafe at home later Thursday. .

Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa celebrartes after scoring his side's first goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)

Atlético was coming off a 5-0 rout of last-place Eibar after two consecutive setbacks had allowed Madrid and Barcelona to move closer to the top.

Correa opened the scoring after going past a defender inside the area and firing a low shot into the net in the 39th minute at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Carrasco sealed the victory for Diego Simeone's team by converting a cross inside the area in the 80th.

It was the second consecutive loss for Huesca, which stayed just inside the relegation zone.

Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez reacts during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)

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Atletico Madrid's Stefan Savic, left, vies for the ball with Huesca's Shinji Okazaki during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)

Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa, left, fights for the ball with Huesca's Pablo Insua during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)

Huesca's Sandro, center, tries to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)

Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa celebrartes after scoring his side's first goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)

Atletico Madrid's Yannick Carrasco, left, tries to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Huesca at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP PhotoManu Fernandez)