Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid1Alavés0

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Alaves

Fernando Torres
Torres scored his first league goal since the final game of last season

Fernando Torres scored his first La Liga goal of the season as Atletico Madrid moved up to second with victory over Alaves.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, 33, grabbed the winner just minutes after coming off the bench, sliding in Sime Vrsaljko's cross.

It was Atletico's fourth league win in a row and moves them to within three points of leaders Barcelona.

Valencia started the day second but lost 2-1 at Eibar.

It was a second defeat in three matches for Valencia after having gone 14 league games unbeaten from the start of the season.

Barcelona have a game in hand at the top and face Deportivo La Coruna at the Nou Camp on Sunday, while fourth-placed Real Madrid will also be playing catch-up after beating Gremio in Saturday's Club World Cup final.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 16Vrsaljko
  • 15SavicBooked at 34mins
  • 2GodínBooked at 67mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5ParteyBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCorreaat 45'minutes
  • 6Koke
  • 14Gabi
  • 8ÑíguezSubstituted forTorresat 69'minutes
  • 21GameiroSubstituted forCarrascoat 69'minutes
  • 7Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá
  • 9Torres
  • 10Carrasco
  • 11Correa
  • 12Fernández
  • 19Hernández
  • 20Juanfran

Alavés

  • 1Pacheco
  • 32Aguirregabiria
  • 4RuanoBooked at 86mins
  • 6MaripánBooked at 35mins
  • 3DuarteBooked at 61mins
  • 11GómezSubstituted forSantosat 84'minutes
  • 18PinaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forBojanat 77'minutes
  • 19García Sánchez
  • 17Pedraza
  • 24El Haddadi
  • 14Franco AlvizSubstituted forMedránat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Santos
  • 13Sivera
  • 15Bojan
  • 16Torres
  • 22Wakaso
  • 23Medrán
  • 26Diéguez
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
49,884

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamAlavés
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Alavés 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Alavés 0.

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

Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Manu García (Alavés) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rubén Duarte with a cross.

Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Manu García (Alavés).

Booking

Alexis Ruano (Alavés) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Alavés. Álvaro Medrán tries a through ball, but Alexis Ruano is caught offside.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Bojan (Alavés) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Christian Santos replaces Ibai Gómez.

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

Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Alavés).

Foul by Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid).

Martín Aguirregabiria (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexis Ruano.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Bojan replaces Tomás Pina.

Attempt missed. Manu García (Alavés) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ibai Gómez following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid).

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, Alavés 0. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sime Vrsaljko with a cross.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Tomás Pina.

Attempt blocked. Stefan Savic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rubén Duarte (Alavés).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Yannick Carrasco replaces Kevin Gameiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Fernando Torres replaces Saúl Ñíguez.

Hand ball by Alexis Ruano (Alavés).

Booking

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

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

Álvaro Medrán (Alavés) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Álvaro Medrán (Alavés).

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Álvaro Medrán replaces Burgui.

Booking

Rubén Duarte (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin Gameiro (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rubén Duarte (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th December 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona1512303873139
2Atl Madrid1610602571836
3Valencia16104236162034
4Real Madrid1594230111931
5Sevilla169251919029
6Villarreal156362220221
7Eibar166371828-1021
8Getafe155552015520
9Real Sociedad165562828020
10Leganés156271214-220
11Girona155551922-320
12Celta Vigo155372723418
13Ath Bilbao164661619-318
14Real Betis155372329-618
15Levante163851522-717
16Espanyol154471119-816
17Dep La Coruña154381827-915
18Alavés1640121225-1312
19Malaga1532101328-1511
20Las Palmas1531111134-2310
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