La Liga: Las Palmas 0 – 3 Atlético
Griezmann at the double as Atlético win away in the Canary Islands
Atlético Madrid maintained their grip on the top spot of La Liga with a hard-fought 3-0 win away at Las Palmas on Sunday evening.
A goal from Filipe Luís and a brace from (who else?) Antoine Griezmann made sure Atleti kept their margin over Barcelona.
The first chance of the game went to the Islanders, and it was Tana who got a shot away at goal after a mistake in the Atleti defence.
Jan Oblak, having a sensational season for Atlético in goal, got down to stop the shot from Tana.
Los rojiblancos couldn’t clear the ball and a long shot from Castellano stung the hands of the Slovenian who did well to bat the ball away again.
It wasn’t long before the game had it’s first goal, but it was to the visitors.
Juanfran crossed the ball in to Griezmann, but the wind picked it up and took it to the left flank to an unmarked Filipe Luís.
The defender took one touch before placing the ball into the back of the Las Palmas net with absolutely no fuss, getting his first goal for Atleti since returning to the club in the summer.
Las Palmas were asking some big questions of the Atleti defence. A long ball across field made its way to Castellano, who tried his luck after chesting the ball down. Oblak pulled off another great save to deny the Spaniard.
The home side thought that had equalised midway through the second half, after brilliant knock down from Willian Jose was fired just wide by Roque Mesa. The entire stadium thought it was in.
Less than a minute later, the ball was in the back of the net. It was Antoine Griezmann to double Atlético’s lead.
After the goal-kick, Koke played the ball perfectly through to Griezmann, who sprinted away from the Las Palmas defenders before calmly slotting the ball in for his 17th goal this season.
The Frenchman showed great composure to use the outside of his foot to finish the chance, and he even had chance to glance up at the linesman to see if he was offside before striking.
The 24-year-old got his 18th goal of the season with just a minute to spare. Again latching onto a Koke ball, the youngster ran through the centre of the pitch before calmly and clinically hammering it into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
The team from Gran Canaria did threaten Jan Oblak and Atlético, but in the end it was a goalscoring performance that Simeone will be glad to see after some shyness in front of goal in recent weeks.
Atlético move four points ahead of Real Madrid, and five ahead of Barcelona who play Athletic at the Camp Nou this evening.
|UD Las Palmas||0 3||Atlético Madrid|
|Filipe Luís 17'|
|Estadio Gran Canaria|
|17 January 2016|