Griezmann seals Atletico fightback

- Agence France-Presse, MADRID

Feb 14, 2017-

Antoine Griezmann sealed a thrilling Atletico Madrid comeback from 2-1 down with four minutes remaining to beat Celta Vigo 3-2 and move into fourth in the Spanish League.

Sevilla remain four points ahead of Atletico in third as they moved within three points of leaders Real Madrid thanks to substitute Joaquin Correa’s winner 10 minutes from time in a 1-0 win at Las Palmas. Real lead Barcelona by a point at the top, but also have two games in hand over their title rivals.

Atletico’s top four hopes look set to take a huge blow as they once again nearly paid for their profligacy from the penalty spot. An error from Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya handed Gustavo Cabral an early opener for Celta. Fernando Torres responded with a sensational looping effort into the far corner. However, for the third straight game, Atletico failed to convert a spot-kick when Torres smashed the bar midway through the first-half.

Celta also hit the post before the break through Jozabed in an entertaining end-to-end encounter. However, John Guidetti looked to have delivered the telling blow when he slotted home Daniel Wass’s cut-back 12 minutes from time. Yet, Atletico responded in style as Yannick Carrasco’s crashed home a volley from 25 yards to give the hosts hope. And just two minutes later Kevin Gameiro’s cushioned header was swept home by Griezmann for his 16th goal of the season.

Gameiro should even have added a fourth when he hit the underside of the bar from Carrasco’s cross in stoppage time. Victory takes Atletico a point clear of Real Sociedad as all of the top five in La Liga won this weekend.

In Las Palmas, the hosts were the better side for the majority of the 90 minutes, but were caught out by a simple route one move as Correa latched onto Vicente Iborra’s flick on to slot home his first La Liga goal. A first home league defeat of the season spoiled Jese Rodriguez’s home debut after signing for his home town club on loan from PSG for the rest of the season.

La Liga Results

Atletico    3-2    Celta

Villarreal    1-1    Malaga

Leganes    0-2    Gijon

Las Palmas    0-1    Sevilla

Published: 14-02-2017 09:30

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