Atletico Madrid managed a crucial 2-0 defeat of Sevilla on Tuesday evening to further tighten their grip on LaLiga Santander’s summit.
Kieran Trippier returned to the Atletico XI, and both sides started relatively well.
But it was the hosts who struck first, and the Englishman provided the assist for Angel Correa. Trippier cut the ball back for the Argentine, who turned well before beating Bono at his near post.
Luis Suarez came close to doubling that lead before half an hour had been played, but Bono did well to deny the No.9.
Other than a penalty claim from the Andalusians, Atleti remained in relatively comfortable control of the game until half time arrived.
Sevilla started the second half with more urgency in their play, but Los Rojiblancos stood typically solid defensively, and had Joao Felix and Saul Niguez introduced as they looked to get back on the front foot.
They did exactly that as Saul doubled their lead within ten minutes of his introduction. Marcos Llorente galloped forward on the right and found Saul, who picked out the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
With just six goals conceded all season in LaLiga Santander, Atleti were never likely to throw away a two-goal lead, and so it proved as they saw the game out to go four points clear with two games in hand over Real Madrid.