Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid moved to the top of La Liga as Antoine Griezmann’s double handed them a 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday. Griezmann got the hosts off to the perfect start after five minutes and then sealed the three points from what was an otherwise unconvincing Atletico display from Jackson Martinez’s stoppage time pass.
Victory takes Atletico top on goal difference from champions Barcelona. Barca and Real Madrid are in action on Wednesday when they travel to Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao respectively.
Valencia’s poor start to the campaign continued as Victor Alvarez’s first-half goal was enough to give Espanyol a 1-0 win.
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Los Che have managed just five points from their opening five games and coach Nuno Espirito Santo was subjected to calls for his resignation by fans during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis.
At the Vicente Calderon, Diego Simeone made six changes to the Atletico side that won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday and the hosts got off to a flying start. A corner was only cleared as far as Gabi on the edge of the area and his ball back into the danger zone was expertly controlled and finished by Griezmann.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was one of those given his chance to impress and the Belgian fired just wide as Atletico continued to push forward. Yet, it was Getafe who ended the half the stronger as Jan Oblak had to get down well to divert on-loan Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic’s drive to safety.
The visitors had an even better chance to level on the hour-mark when Pedro Leon fired wide with just Oblak to beat.
Simeone responded by introducing Martinez for the ineffectual Fernando Torres. Despite again failing to get on the scoresheet, the Colombian unselfishly teed up Griezmann to fire home his fifth goal of the season.
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