MX23RW : Wednesday, January 23 21:03:45
Mar 5, 2017 at 3.15pm UK at ​Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
3-0
Valencia
Griezmann (10', 83'), Gameiro (49')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Atletico Madrid climb back into fourth with win over Valencia

Atletico Madrid climb back into the top four of La Liga courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Valencia at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico Madrid have climbed back into the Champions League places in La Liga courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Valencia at the Vicente Calderon this afternoon.

Real Sociedad's win over Real Betis on Friday had seen Diego Simeone's side slip out of the top four, but goals from Antoine Griezmann (2) and Kevin Gameiro saw the hosts return to winning ways in comfortable fashion.

The match saw Simeone become only the second man to oversee 200 La Liga games in charge of Atletico, and the milestone almost got off to a perfect start when Griezmann was the quickest to react to a loose ball inside the area, only to see his shot cleared off the line.

The hosts would not have to wait long for the opening goal, though, as Griezmann made no mistake when played through by Koke in the 10th minute, drilling a clinical low strike across goal and into the bottom corner.

Valencia's recent revival had seen them win three of their last four La Liga games - the same number as they had managed in their previous 15 - but they struggled to create any clear goalscoring chances against a typically sturdy Atletico defence.

Indeed, chances were at a premium for both sides, and it was not until the early stages of the second half that Atletico created their next notable opening.

It proved to be a decisive one too, with Filipe Luis playing the ball inside for Gameiro, whose drive from the edge of the box took a deflection which saw it loop past a helpless Diego Alves in the Valencia goal.

Atletico almost put the game beyond doubt just six minutes later when Griezmann was once again released through on goal, but this time Alves was equal to it and denied the striker when one on one.

Griezmann ensured that he had the last laugh in the duel between striker and goalkeeper, though, adding a third for the hosts with just seven minutes remaining when he quickly raced on to a fortuitous through-ball before slotting his finish past Alves.

Valencia have now won just one of their last 10 La Liga away games, but still sit 10 points clear of the relegation zone courtesy of their recent improvement.

Atletico, meanwhile, end a two-match winless streak to move back into fourth, although they remain 11 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

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Antoine Griezmann in action for Atletico Madrid on September 21, 2016
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20144256213546
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11EibarEibar206772428-425
12GironaGirona205962326-324
13Espanyol2073102130-924
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Leganes205781824-622
16Real Valladolid205781723-622
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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