Tuesday 12 December 2017

Griezmann saves day in Atleti smash and grab

Antoine Griezmann. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Antoine Griezmann. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Jamie Holland

Atletico Madrid scored two goals in the last four minutes to snatch a thrilling 3-2 victory against Celta Vigo.

Gustavo Cabral gave the visitors the lead after five minutes before Fernando Torres, who later also rattled a penalty of the crossbar, got his side back in the game with a stunning overhead kick.

John Guidetti then put Celta Vigo ahead, but Yannick Carrasco's fantastic volley hauled the hosts level in the 86th minute before Antoine Griezmann netted the winner two minutes later to take Atletico back into the top four.

Elsewhere, a late strike from substitute Joaquin Correa earned Sevilla a 1-0 victory over Las Palmas to keep their La Liga title aspirations alive.

Substitute Correa scored the only goal in the 80th minute just moments after coming off the bench.

The win keeps Sevilla third in the league, two points behind Barcelona and three adrift of leaders Real Madrid who have played two fewer matches.


Real Madrid reclaimed top spot in La Liga from Barcelona with a 3-1 win over Osasuna on Saturday and got a further boost yesterday when Gareth Bale returned to training.

Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real ahead and, although Sergio Leon equalised, an upset never looked likely. Isco made it 2-1 and Lucas Vazquez chipped in a third.

Barcelona had gone top for the first time since October earlier on Saturday after Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi scored in a 6-0 thrashing of Alaves, although the win was overshadowed by a serious injury to Aleix Vidal.

In Italy, Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Juventus preserved their seven-point lead in Serie A with a 2-0 victory at 10-man Cagliari.

The reigning champions registered a fifth consecutive league win in their quest for a sixth straight Scudetto thanks to goals in each half from their €90 million striker.

Earlier, Roma made sure to keep the pressure on Juve by beating Crotone 2-0 with goals from Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko.

In Germany, Bayern Munich needed late goals from Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben to beat Ingolstadt 2-0 ahead of their Champions League clash against Arsenal on Wednesday.

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