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La Liga Round Up: Atleti Hammer Valencia To Tighten Grip On 4th Place

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 5: Antoine Griezmann, #7 of Atletico de Madrid is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during The La Liga match between Atletico Madrid v Valencia C.F. at Vicente Calderon on March 05, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)
La Liga Round Up: Atleti Hammer Valencia To Tighten Grip On 4th Place

Atletico Madrid regained their grip on fourth place in La Liga after they coasted to a 3-0 victory over Valencia on Sunday.

Fernando Torres was applauded by the Vicente Calderon before kick-off, the Atleti striker having escaped a serious head injury midweek.

 

His side made a dream start as Antoine Griezmann fired across Diego Alves in just the 10th minute.

In-form Simone Zaza headed wide for Valencia soon after, but Kevin Gameiro made no mistake just after half-time, the Frenchman slamming home from edge of box.

Munir El Haddadi forced Jan Oblak into a nervous tip over as his lob almost caught out the goalkeeper, but Griezmann came even closer, angling a finish inches wide of the far post.

Nonetheless, Griezmann got his second goal with seven minutes remaining. Thomas Partey helped a right-wing delivery on for the attacker to slide past Alves.

Real Madrid didn’t need stars Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale to storm past Eibar on Saturday, defeating the Basque minnows by four goals to one.

A Karim Benzema double alongside goals from James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio shot Los Blancos to victory in northern Spain.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane rolled the dice again with his selection, resting a host of first team regulars ahead of a Champions League trip to Napoli.

 

However, the Frenchman’s bet on the depth of his squad came in as Benzema slotted home Asensio’s cross at the second attempt after just 14 minutes.

Benzema turned home James Rodriguez’s brilliantly delivered free-kick for the second 11 minutes later.

 

The roles were then reversed as the Colombian slid in to slot Benzema’s low cross into the far corner.

Asensio made it four after James had hit the post before Ruben Pena grabbed a consolation for the hosts.

In Bilbao, Athletic Club needed a Raul Garcia penalty to overcome Malaga, who have now won just one of their last 15 games.

A long ball over the top found Markel Susaeta down the right of Carlos Kameni’s goal, but the angle got too tight and the goalkeeper pushed the shot away.

Inigo Lekue also had an effort deflect inches wide, as did Jony Rodriguez’s header and another from Marcos Llorente.

Garcia, meanwhile, warmed up with a shot that fizzed just over, before a Malaga hand blocked Inaki Williams. Up stepped the former, who drove the penalty to the left.

 

Mikel San Jose was lucky not to concede a spot-kick, despite clearly handling in the box, although the Andalusians did have one piece of good news in the shape of Sandro Ramirez’s return after seven games out.

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