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Eibar 1-3 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid celebrate a Mario Mandzukic goal
Croatia international Mario Mandzukic has now scored 18 times for Atletico Madrid since signing from Bayern Munich last summer

Mario Mandzukic scored twice as Atletico Madrid cruised to victory in a mudbath at Eibar to move within four points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Heavy rain had put the game in doubt before Atletico struck three times in the opening 25 minutes.

Antoine Griezmann slotted in the opener before setting up Mandzukic to side-foot home a volley and make it 2-0.

Mandzukic then drilled in a right-footed shot before Federico Piovaccari pulled one back for the hosts late on.

Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Real Sociedad earlier in the day had put the pressure on Atletico not to slip up at Eibar, who are enjoying their first season in Spain's top flight.

Near waterlogged pitch at Eibar
The pitch at Eibar's Estadio Municipal de Ipurua in the Basque country looked close to unplayable

A virtually waterlogged pitch threatened to make life difficult for Diego Simeone's side, who went out of the Copa del Rey to Barcelona in mid-week.

But the defending league champions took an early grip on the game and never looked likely to relinquish the points as Eibar, who started the match in eighth position in the league, lost at home for the fourth time.

France international Griezmann fired home his 15th goal of the season from 12 yards after just seven minutes before crossing for Mandzukic to double the lead.

Croatia international Mandzukic then produced another assured finish, steering a shot into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty area, to take his tally for the campaign to 18.

Eibar made three substitutions at the break and limited the damage in the second half before the much-travelled Piovaccari nodded in his fifth goal of the season with a minute to go.

Line-ups

Eibar

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Iruretagoiena Aranzamendi
  • 16Castellano CastroBooked at 77mins
  • 4Añibarro
  • 22Rodríguez Navas
  • 24Minero FernandezBooked at 64mins
  • 8ErrastiSubstituted forLara Grandeat 45'minutes
  • 12Fernández Fernández
  • 20Del Moral FernandezSubstituted forCapaat 45'minutes
  • 10ArruabarrenaSubstituted forLekicat 45'minutes
  • 21Berjón Pérez
  • 19PiovaccariBooked at 24mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ekiza
  • 7Capa
  • 13Irazustabarrena Lizarralde
  • 15Lekic
  • 17Vilá Roselló
  • 18Boateng
  • 23Lara Grande

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 18Gámez
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2Godín
  • 3Siqueira
  • 17SaúlBooked at 63mins
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 6KokeBooked at 27minsSubstituted forGracia Calmacheat 79'minutes
  • 8Garcia EscuderoSubstituted forSuárezat 55'minutes
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 18minsSubstituted forJiménezat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 19Torres
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 22Gracia Calmache
  • 23Miranda
Referee:
Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
Attendance:
5,200

Match Stats

Home TeamEibarAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eibar 1, Atlético de Madrid 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eibar 1, Atlético de Madrid 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Lekic (Eibar).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Eibar 1, Atlético de Madrid 3. Federico Piovaccari (Eibar) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Saúl with a cross following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abraham (Eibar) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Ander Capa.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cani with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Txema Añibarro.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Eibar. Txema Añibarro tries a through ball, but Federico Piovaccari is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Txema Añibarro.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cani replaces Koke.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Abraham (Eibar).

  16. Booking

    Lillo (Eibar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lillo (Eibar).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Raúl Navas.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

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