La Liga: Atlético 1 – 0 Rayo

Atleti struggle to take all three points from local rivals Rayo

Antoine Griezmann scores for Atleti

Antoine Griezmann scores for Atleti

Atlético Madrid edged past Rayo Vallecano with a single goal from Antoine Griezmann to keep up the pressure on on Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Simeone made several rotations in the starting lineup, resting Savic, Filipe, Augusto, Saúl, Griezmann and Torres. Real Madrid had won 1-0 just minutes before thanks to a late header from Gareth Bale at Anoeta.

Rayo’s defence looked jumpy and conceded a few chances early on, which Atletico didn’t make the most of. After a few minutes Correa robbed Amaya and almost scored but for a good save by Juan Carlos.

After 29 minutes, Embarba put a cross in which hit the ribs of an Atletico player. Rayo called for a penalty but the referee gave nothing.

Koke came on for Gabi after 45 minutes with no reports of injury for the captain.

Shortly after the break, Oblak saved a cross that nearly put Rayo 1-0 up. After 10 minutes of the second period, Griezmann and Torres replaces Vietto and Oliver.

Immediately after coming on, Griezmann scored a stunner outside the box immediately after one of Rayo’s defenders cleared the ball right to him. It was a huge goal for Griezmann with his first touch of the game.

Paco Jemez reacted by subbing off Bebe and bringing on Piti. Striker Manucho came on for defender Amaya after 18 minutes.

After a failed long ball forward, Rayo countered which leads to Kranevitter conceding a foul outside the box, going into the book in the process.

Atletico created chances but after some good link-up play, Koke’s attempt goes wide.

Despite not having Diego Simeone, Atleti manage to snatch the 1-0 win and temporarily move to the top of La Liga, with Betis in action against Barcelona shortly.

Atlético Madrid Rayo Vallecano
Atlético Madrid 10 Rayo Vallecano
Griezmann 55' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 30 April 2016
Kick Off 18:15 CEST