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Atletico Madrid needed a goal in the final stretch from late substitute Alvaro Morata to defeat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 here Tuesday and move a step closer to advancing to the Champions League knockout stage.

The victory leaves the Colchoneros with 7 points from three matches, the same as Juventus, but the Italian club lead Group D on goal difference.

Lokomotiv Moscow, 2-1 losers Tuesday to Juve, are third with 3 points, while Bayer have yet to earn a point.

Atleti came into Tuesday's game at the Wanda Metropolitano in poor form, with only two wins in their last eight across all competitions.