Spanish La Liga
Ath Bilbao1Atl Madrid4

Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann is the first French player to score a hat-trick in La Liga since Thierry Henry against Valencia in 2008

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid ended a remarkable 2014 on a high as France forward Antoine Griezmann scored his first La Liga hat-trick in victory at Athletic Bilbao.

Atletico, who ended Barcelona and Real Madrid's duopoly to win last season's La Liga title for the first time since 1996, trailed to Mikel Rico's thumping header from a left-wing corner.

Atletico, last season's Champions League runners-up, showed little attacking threat in a first half in which Rico's goal was the only effort on target.

The Atletico fightback began just 29 seconds into the second half when Griezmann headed in Juanfran's cross.

They led when Raul Garcia coolly converted a controversial penalty, after former Chelsea midfielder Tiago tumbled despite there appearing to be little contact from Mikel San Jose.

Griezmann struck the third with a composed finish from the edge of the penalty area, before tapping in while stood in an offside position.

Victory lifted Diego Simeone's side to within four points of leaders Real Madrid, who are one point ahead of Barcelona with a game in hand over both sides.

The Spanish top flight now enters its winter break, with clubs returning to action on 3 January.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 10De Marcos
  • 18Gurpegi
  • 16Etxeita
  • 24BalenziagaSubstituted forGómezat 79'minutes
  • 6San JoséBooked at 52mins
  • 17Rico Moreno
  • 14SusaetaSubstituted forAketxeat 84'minutes
  • 29López CabreraSubstituted forFernández Hierroat 68'minutes
  • 19MuniainBooked at 68mins
  • 20AdurizBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 5Morán
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 11Gómez
  • 12Bustinza Martínez
  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 22Fernández Hierro
  • 23Aketxe

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Juanfran
  • 24Giménez de VargasBooked at 74mins
  • 2Godín
  • 3SiqueiraSubstituted forHernándezat 88'minutes
  • 5Tiago
  • 8Raúl García
  • 14GabiBooked at 89mins
  • 17ÑíguezSubstituted forRodríguezat 80'minutes
  • 10TuranBooked at 75minsSubstituted forGámezat 84'minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 28mins

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 18Gámez
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 28Hernández
  • 36Keita
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
46,500

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home4
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Atlético de Madrid 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Athletic Club 1, Atlético de Madrid 4.

Foul by Óscar De Marcos (Athletic Club).

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

Booking

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Xabier Etxeita (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Lucas Hernández replaces Guillherme Siqueira because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Foul by Óscar De Marcos (Athletic Club).

Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Guillermo (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Ager Aketxe replaces Markel Susaeta.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Jesús Gámez replaces Arda Turan.

Goal!

Goal! Athletic Club 1, Atlético de Madrid 4. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl García.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Saúl Ñíguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Ibai Gómez replaces Mikel Balenziaga.

Attempt missed. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Óscar De Marcos with a cross.

Guillermo (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Foul by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Guillermo (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

Goal!

Goal! Athletic Club 1, Atlético de Madrid 3. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabi following a fast break.

Xabier Etxeita (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

Hand ball by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Guillermo replaces Unai López.

Booking

Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Iker Muniain (Athletic Club).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st December 2014

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