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Atlético Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Antoine Griezmann celebration

Substitute Antoine Griezmann scored the winner as Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 to stay in the La Liga title race with two games left.

Griezmann's 31st goal of the season took Atletico back above Real Madrid, 1-0 winners at Real Sociedad, before Barcelona later reclaimed top spot.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone had made seven changes to the side that beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Griezmann scored with his second touch.

Relive Atletico's win here

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann has scored 21 La Liga goals this season

The France international's 20-yard strike, 40 seconds after coming on, gave Atletico a sixth successive league win but they remain second to Barcelona - who beat Real Betis 2-0 on Saturday evening - because of their inferior head-to-head record.

It was Atletico's fourth 1-0 victory in a row as the 2014 Spanish champions, who will be looking to reach their second Champions League final in three seasons in Tuesday's second leg in Munich, kept a 23rd clean sheet in La Liga this season.

Fernando Torres, who came off the bench at the same time as Griezmann following directions from Simeone, who is serving a three-match touchline ban, could have doubled their lead but saw his shot saved by Juan Carlos.

Rayo Vallecano remain two points above the relegation zone.

La Liga title run-in
DATESBarcelonaAtletico MadridReal Madrid
Sunday, 8 May (16:00 BST)Espanyol (h)Levante (h)Valencia (h)
Saturday, 14 May (time TBC)Granada (a)Celta Vigo (h)Deportivo La Coruna (a)

What they said

Atletico Madrid goalscorer Antoine Griezmann: "Rayo made things difficult for us.

"The players who started lacked rhythm, which was normal, as they hadn't played in a long time. But we were able to improve and got the win."

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 19Hernández
  • 18Gámez
  • 22Partey
  • 14Fernández ArenasSubstituted forKokeat 45'minutes
  • 8KranevitterBooked at 68mins
  • 10Torres MuñozSubstituted forGriezmannat 54'minutes
  • 16Correa
  • 23ViettoSubstituted forTorresat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 6Koke
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9Torres
  • 15Savic
  • 17Saúl

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13Martín Corral
  • 17Marín Ruiz
  • 4AmayaSubstituted forContreiras Gonçalvesat 64'minutes
  • 22Crespo
  • 2Román Triguero
  • 11Embarba
  • 21Sánchez Ruiz
  • 27Llorente Ríos
  • 23Dias CorreiaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMedina Lunaat 58'minutesSubstituted forMontiel Caballeroat 84'minutes
  • 24Guerra Rodríguez
  • 7Fedor Flores

Substitutes

  • 5Dorado Ramírez
  • 9Contreiras Gonçalves
  • 12Medina Luna
  • 15Rat
  • 25Rodríguez Oterino
  • 26Montiel Caballero
  • 33Clavería Herráiz
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez
Attendance:
45,523

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamRayo Vallecano
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0.

Joni Montiel (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).

Foul by Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano).

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

Attempt blocked. Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Jan Oblak.

Attempt blocked. Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrián Embarba.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Juanfran.

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Joni Montiel replaces Piti because of an injury.

Foul by Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano).

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

Tito (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

Attempt missed. Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Miku with a cross.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Jesús Gámez tries a through ball, but Ángel Correa is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Koke.

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ángel Correa.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Lucas Hernández.

Miku (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Foul by Quini (Rayo Vallecano).

Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Attempt missed. Piti (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

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

Piti (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matías Kranevitter (Atlético de Madrid).

Miku (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matías Kranevitter (Atlético de Madrid).

Hand ball by Manucho (Rayo Vallecano).

Tito (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Manucho replaces Antonio Amaya.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Giménez is caught offside.

Foul by Diego Llorente (Rayo Vallecano).

Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Partey.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona362745104297585
2Atl Madrid36274560164485
3Real Madrid362664105327384
4Villarreal351710842311161
5Celta Vigo35169104955-657
6Ath Bilbao351671253431055
7Sevilla351410114942752
8Valencia351111134442244
9Las Palmas36127174449-543
10Malaga351012133132-142
11Eibar36119164656-1042
12Real Sociedad36119164247-542
13Real Betis361011153150-1941
14Dep La Coruña35718104357-1439
15Espanyol35107183567-3237
16Granada3699184265-2336
17Rayo Vallecano36811174870-2235
18Sporting Gijón3698193761-2435
19Getafe3588193364-3132
20Levante3578203363-3029
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