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Atlético Madrid close in on Sevilla with commanding win

ATLÉTICO 3-1 SEVILLA

Atlético Madrid close in on Sevilla with commanding win

Atlético Madrid close in on Sevilla with commanding win

PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU

AFP

Goals from Diego Godín, Antoine Griezmann and Koke saw Atlético move to within two points of Jorge Sampaoli's third-placed side on Sunday.

Antoine Griezmann teed up Diego Godín's opener then struck a stunning free-kick as Atlético Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla in a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Koke added Atlético's third before Joaquín Correa registered a consolation for Sevilla.

Atleti complete miserable week for Sevilla

Sevilla were dumped out of the Champions League by Atlético's quarter-final opponents Leicester City on Wednesday and have seen their LaLiga lead over Los Rojiblancos in third place now whittled down to two points.

A third straight league win moves Diego Simeone's men seven points clear of Real Sociedad and Villarreal in the battle for fourth.

And the Atlético fans also celebrated Fernando Torres' first appearance since he was knocked unconscious in a sickening head clash at Deportivo La Coruña.

Kevin Gameiro was handed a start ahead of Torres as the French international also returned from injury and was inches away from opening the scoring against his old club 13 minutes in.

Gameiro was played in by Yannick Carrasco's fine through ball and his well-measured chip was turned onto the underside of the bar by Sergio Rico.

Godín celebrates scoring Atlético's opener at the Vicente Calderón.

Visitors concede from dead-ball once more

Key to Sevilla's 3-2 aggregate defeat to Leicester was the fact they missed a penalty in both legs.

Despite their awful record from 12 yards this season, the visitors claimed in vain for a spot-kick when Wissam Ben Yedder fell to the floor as he tried to round Jan Oblak.

Yet, in another familiar failing from their midweek reverse, Sevilla conceded the opener from a set-piece as Griezmann's clipped free-kick found Godín unmarked to power a header past Rico eight minutes before half-time.

Atlético make sure of points in the second half

Atlético had a series of chances to make the game safe at the start of the second period.

Firstly, Griezmann fired into the side-netting after a brilliant team move tore the Sevilla defence apart. Rico then rushed from his line to smother the ball as Gameiro bore down on goal.

However, Atlético finally doubled their advantage in spectacular style just after the hour mark as Griezmann crashed a free-kick in off the underside of the bar for his 22nd goal of the season.

Torres (left) made his return to action following a head injury at Deportivo earlier in March.

Torres makes comeback, Correa consolation for Sevilla

The home fans then got the moment they wanted as Torres was handed a hero's welcome as he replaced Gameiro.

It was Koke who added the third, though, as he gratefully tapped into an empty net after Rico had parried Juanfran's driven cross.

Torres passed up two chances to mark his return with a goal as he firstly volleyed straight at Rico before the Spanish international blocked his attempted chip.

From the latter chance Sevilla broke down the other end to bag a consolation as Correa slotted between Oblak's legs from a narrow angle.

However, it was too little, too late in a terrible week for Sevilla.

And Koke should have compounded their misery when he too fired too close to Rico with just the keeper to beat a minute from time.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
3Sevilla 57 17 6 4
4Atlético 52 15 7 5
5Villarreal 48 13 9 6
Full standing
Next matches
Atlético - Sevilla D-19/03 16:15
Málaga - Atlético S-01/04 20:45
Atlético - R. Sociedad M-04/04 21:30
Fixtures

LEADERS

  • Messi12GOALS
  • Roque Mesa1007PASSES
  • Oier290STEALS

*Update at 19 de marzo de 2017

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
2Barcelona 60 18 6 3
3Sevilla 57 17 6 4
4Atlético 52 15 7 5
Full standing
Next matches
Atlético - Sevilla D-19/03 16:15
Sevilla - Sporting D-02/04 12:00
Barcelona - Sevilla X-05/04 19:30
Fixtures

LEADERS

  • Messi12GOALS
  • Roque Mesa1007PASSES
  • Oier290STEALS

*Update at 19 de marzo de 2017

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