Atletico Madrid went joint-top of LaLiga alongside Barcelona thanks to a 3-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves at the Wanda Metropolitano by Zolexreporters.net
2018/2019 La Liga
Nikola Kalinic and Antoine Griezmann ensured Diego Costa’s absence was not sorely felt as Atletico Madrid claimed a 3-0 victory over high-flying Deportivo Alaves at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Croatia international Kalinic broke his Atletico duck in Wednesday’s 4-0 Copa del Rey win over Sant Andreu and his 25th-minute strike was added to late on by Griezmann and Rodrigo to send the hosts joint-top of LaLiga with Barcelona.
With Costa anticipated to be out for two months following foot surgery, goals from Kalinic and Griezmann will be a huge boost for Diego Simeone, though a first-half injury for Lucas Hernandez will provide cause for concern.
Atletico had to weather a difficult second half against their persistent visitors, but Griezmann and Rodrigo struck in the 82nd and 87th minute respectively to seal the win by a flattering scoreline.
25’GOAL! Atletico 1-0 Alaves (Kalinic)
GOOOAAALLLL!! KALINIC GETS ATLETICO THE LEAD! Lemar switches the ball out wide to the overlapping Arias, and the right-back’s cross is bundled into the back of the net by an onrushing Kalinic! 1-0 to Los Rojiblancos, and they are now level on points with league leaders Barcelona!
34′ Injured Hernandez replaced by Gimenez
Lucas goes down again, once more clutching his right knee. Simeone and the players know it – he’s not going to be able to continue playing on. Gimenez replaces the injured Lucas, who looks bitterly disappointed as he hobbles off the pitch.
50′ CLOSE! Gimenez’s header hits the post
ATLETICO HIT THE POST! Gimenez connects with Griezmann’s corner, but his powerful header takes one bounce before hitting the frame of the woodwork! Alaves clear the danger, but Baston fouls Rodrigo in promising free-kick territory for the home side.
82’GOAL! Atletico 2-0 Alaves (Griezmann)
GOOOAAALLLL!! GRIEZMANN DOUBLES ATLETICO’S LEAD! The pacy striker is put through on goal after a pinpoint throughball by the substitute Vitolo, and despite Laguardia’s touch forcing the ball onto the post, Griezmann is able to slot the ball into the back of the net at the second attempt! 2-0 to Simeone’s men, and the Metropolitano is now rocking!
87’GOAL! Atletico 3-0 Alaves (R.Hernández)
GOOOAAALLLL! RODRIGO MAKES IT 3-0! Another Atletico break results in Vitolo breaking into the box, but he’s unable to get a shot in before Correa forces Pacheco to make a point-blank save! However, the unmarked Rodrigo is in acres of space and comfortably knocks the ball into an empty net! Game, set and match for Simeone’s men!
Atletico XI: N. Kalinić, S. Arias, Jan Oblak, Savic, A. Griezmann, Saúl, T. Lemar, T.Partey, Correa, L. Hernández, R.Hernández
Subs: Adán, Vitolo, Gelson Martins, J. Giménez, Joaquín Muñoz, Francisco Montero, Borja Garcés
Alaves XI: Wakaso, M.García, Laguardia, Pina, Ibai, X.Navarro, Jony, Fernando Pacheco, R.Duarte, Calleri, Martín
Subs: Bastón, Brasanac, J. Guidetti, Sobrino, Maripán, Burgui, Antonio Sivera