Perfect Atletico top group, cruise into last 16

Wed Nov 6, 2013 6:23pm EST
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MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid cruised to their fourth consecutive victory with a 4-0 win at home to Austria Vienna on Wednesday, securing top spot in Champions League Group G and a place in the knockout rounds.

Miranda, Raul Garcia and Filipe Luis put La Liga's second- placed side three up before halftime and leading scorer Diego Costa netted the fourth late on after missing a second-half penalty.

Riding high in La Liga, behind leaders Barcelona but five points ahead of big-spending neighbors Real, Atletico have proved they will be uncomfortable opponents for any side who cross their path.

A club record fourth consecutive win in Europe's elite club competition takes their form this season to 15 victories, two draws and only one defeat in all competitions.

Group G's second-placed side Zenit St Petersburg were earlier held to a 1-1 draw at home to Porto to move on to five points, seven adrift of leaders Atletico with two matches left to play.

"We are very pleased with the result today," Costa told Spanish broadcaster Canal Plus in a pitchside interview.

"We knew it was important to win because of the result between Porto and Zenit. There is still a long way to go but we deserve to be in the last 16."

Coach Diego Simeone played down his side's achievements.

"We are taking it one game at a time in the Champions League and staying humble," he said, once again avoiding talk of how far his club could go this season.   Continued...

Atletico Madrid's Raul Garcia (R) celebrates scoring against Austria Vienna with teammate Juan Francisco Torres "Juanfran" during their Champions League Group G soccer match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Susana Vera