Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa have scored for the third time in two games to give the La Liga champions an unconvincing 1-0 home win over Elche.

Captain Koke presented the LaLiga Cup to the 25,000 fans in the stadium before kick-off in the first Atletico home game with supporters since March 2020, although the party mood was dampened by the poor start of the hosts.

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But Correa finally gave Atletico the lead in the 39th minute and calmly pushed the outside of his shoe into an unguarded net after Elche goalkeeper Kiko Casilla failed to properly handle a long ball from Rodrigo de Paul.

Correa scored both Atletico’s goals in the 2-1 win at Celta Vigo on the opening weekend and is responsible for 100% of Diego Simeone’s goals so far this season.

Casilla did his best to atone for his mistake by making two beautiful saves early in the second half and preventing the efforts of Jose Gimenez and Yannick Carrasco.

But Elche, who made it through the last matchday of last season, led the game to the champions for most of the second period and had more possession and more chances, even if they never really got Atleti keeper Jan Oblak into trouble.