La Liga: Griezmann at the double as Atletico recovers to outclass Girona

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid overcame an early scare to crush upstarts Girona 3-1 in a top-of-the-table LaLiga clash on Saturday.

It was another setback for Girona, which led the La Liga table for several weeks in the first half of the season but has run out of steam recently, losing five consecutive matches away from home.

With the win, fourth-placed Atletico moved to 61 points, four behind Girona in third. Barcelona which plays at Cadiz later on Saturday, is second on 67 points. Real Madrid is top on 75 points.

ALSO READ: Premier League- Isak brace leads Newcastle to crucial 4-0 win over Spurs

At a sunny Metropolitano stadium, the noisy home crowd had been left stunned after La Liga top-scorer Artem Dovbyk netted his 17th goal of the season with a tap-in from a counter-attack to give the visitors the lead in the fourth minute.

But Atletico took control of the match, dominated possession and equalised with Griezmann from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, after a handball inside the six-yard box by Girona defender Miguel Gutierrez.

In a game marked by contentious refereeing decisions, Girona complained it was denied a penalty of its own in the final minutes of the first half for a strong challenge by defender Reinildo on Savinho inside the area.

Six minutes into stoppage time before the break, Alvaro Morata kept the ball in on the byline and crossed to Angel Correa, who nodded a towering header into the far corner to give Atletico the lead.

The host doubled its advantage five minutes into the second half when Jhon Solis sliced a clearance, and Griezmann pounced on the loose ball inside the six-yard box to unleash an unstoppable strike that went in off the crossbar.

ALSO READ: Leicester will not lose points in Championship for rule breaches in Premier League, says EFL

Atletico will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal clash at Borussia Dortmund, after earning a 2-1 win in the first leg at home.

“First, it was very important to win (against Girona) because we need to qualify for the Champions League next season, and that goes through (a top-four finish) in the league,” Griezmann told  DAZN.

“Now we want to progress to the (Champions League) semifinals and will travel to Germany with an extra boost in confidence after this great effort.”

Source Link

About The Author


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *