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Atletico Madrid 3-0 Almeria

Antoine Griezmann scores for Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann has scored 17 goals for Atletico Madrid since signing from Real Sociedad last summer

Two first-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and a Mario Mandzukic penalty saw Atletico Madrid overwhelm Almeria to move within four points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Mandzukic's 13th-minute spot-kick, awarded for a push on Diego Godin, gave him his 20th goal of the season.

He released Griezmann to side-foot in the second before heading down for the Frenchman to fire home and make it 3-0.

Atletico defender Guilherme Siqueira was sent off in the last minute.

Griezmann now has 17 goals for the season as he and Mandzukic continue to successfully fill the vacuum left by the departure of Diego Costa to Chelsea last summer.

The result was never in question once the strike pairing got going against an Almeria side which had been unbeaten in their last three games.

The penalty awarded for the foul on Godin was a soft one with minimal contact following a free-kick.

But Atletico then showed their quality with Mandzukic and Griezmann combining superbly as Diego Simeone's side returned to top form after losing to Celta Vigo in their previous game.

Siqueira was dismissed after picking up a second booking for a late handball, but the result allowed Atletico to close the gap on second-placed Barcelona to three points following Barcelona's 1-0 loss to Malaga earlier in the day.

Victory also gave them the ideal preparation for their Champions League last-16, first-leg tie at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 3SiqueiraBooked at 90mins
  • 10Turan
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 5Cardoso MendesSubstituted forSuárezat 71'minutes
  • 17Saúl
  • 9MandzukicSubstituted forTorresat 59'minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 64'minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 13Oblak
  • 18Gámez
  • 19Torres
  • 22Gracia Calmache
  • 24Giménez de Vargas

Almería

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cuesta Díaz
  • 2Macedo Rocha Machado
  • 6Dos Santos
  • 5Trujillo
  • 16DubarbierBooked at 11minsSubstituted forCasadoat 76'minutes
  • 3Vélez JiménezSubstituted forSorianoat 45'minutes
  • 7García Rabasco
  • 9Bifouma KoulossaSubstituted forWellingtonat 71'minutes
  • 15García Pérez-Roldán
  • 17Méndez Ortega
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 4Navarro Jiménez
  • 8Wellington
  • 14Casado
  • 19Sundy Zongo
  • 23Soriano
  • 30Gómez Ferragut
  • 31Azeez
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
44,500

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamAlmería
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Almería 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Almería 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Soriano (Almería) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) for hand ball.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl García with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Mauro Dos Santos.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Julián.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juanfran.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommer Hemed (Almería) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Míchel Macedo.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Wellington.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ángel Trujillo (Almería).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Almería. Casado replaces Sebastián Dubarbier.

  16. Booking

    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Sebastián Dubarbier (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Mauro Dos Santos.

  20. Post update

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

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Saturday 21st February 2015

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