Felix scores against former club to give Barcelona 1-0 win over Atletico in Spanish league

João Félix scored against his former club to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid and move the Catalan club closer to the top of the Spanish league standings on Sunday.

Félix, playing on loan from Atletico after falling out with the club last season, scored with a neat shot over goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the 28th minute to give Barcelona the home victory.

The result put Barcelona back within four points of leaders Girona and Real Madrid, which won their matches on Saturday. Madrid beat Granada 2-0 and Girona defeated Valencia 2-1.

Atletico dropped to fourth place, three points behind Barcelona in third but with a game in hand.

Félix received a standing ovation when he was substituted by Ferran Torres in the 77th at the Olympic Lluis Companys Stadium.

The Portugal forward got the winner by flicking the ball over Oblak from a tight angle after a pass by Raphinha.

Barcelona goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, replacing the injured Marc-André ter Stegen, made a few good saves toward the end to secure Barcelona’s third win in four league matches.

Barcelona was coming off a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano before beating Porto 2-1 to secure its return to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time after two consecutive group-stage eliminations.

Félix, a former Benfica player, also scored against Porto on Tuesday.

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