Atletico Madrid failed to win a fifth successive match as they were beaten 1-0 away to Mallorca in LaLiga on Wednesday.
Diego Simeone’s side – who had lost two of their previous three games across all competitions – were unable to stop the rot as they offered little threat in what was their final league game before the World Cup break.
Mallorca talisman Vedat Muriqi was unsurprisingly the one to edge Mallorca in front early on, and that ultimately proved decisive.
An Alvaro Morata strike was ruled out shortly after, but it was by no means a prelude to legal Atletico goals as Los Colchoneros failed to make the most of their dominance of the ball.
5 – Vedat Muriqi has scored in each of his last five games in, the best active scoring streak in the Top 5 European leagues.
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Mallorca were good value for their 16th-minute opener, however scrappy it was.
After Jan Oblak spilled Antonio Sanchez’s long-range effort, Antonio Raillo’s follow-up was blocked into Jaume Costa’s path and his scuffed low cross fortunately left Muriqi with an easy finish.
Atletico thought they had a swift response as Morata lifted a lovely finish over Predrag Rajkovic following Rodrigo de Paul’s excellent throughball, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
The visitors showed more attacking purpose at the start of the second half, but Axel Witsel completely missed the ball when teed up inside the box in the 48th minute.
It was not until the 82nd minute that Atletico threatened again, with Morata failing to bundle over the line from close range, and a few moments later he saw a volley brilliantly saved by Rajkovic.