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Aug 25, 2018 at 7.15pm UK at ​Estadio Vicente Calderón (Madrid)
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
1-0
Rayo Vallecano
Griezmann (63')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Antoine Griezmann fires Atletico Madrid past Rayo Vallecano

Result: Griezmann fires Atletico past Rayo
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Atletico Madrid pick up their first win of 2018-19 season courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's solitary strike against newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano.

Atletico Madrid have picked up their first win of the 2018-19 season courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano at the Wanda Metropolitano this evening.

Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game shortly after the hour mark as Diego Simeone's side made it four points from two games, while newly-promoted Rayo remain rooted to the bottom of La Liga following successive defeats.

However, the visitors will have been much more encouraged with their performance against their Madrid rivals than they were when they began the campaign with a 4-1 home defeat to Sevilla on the opening weekend.

Rayo enjoyed a bright start to proceedings at the Wanda Metropolitano, winning a corner two minutes into the game before Adrian Embarba rifled wide of Jan Oblak's goal.

Atletico countered with a corner of their own which culminated in Saul Niguez firing an effort from the edge of the area in the sixth minute which Los Vallecanos charged down.

Michel's charges were by no means overawed by the task at hand as they continued to take the game to their opponents in the early stages of the encounter.

The hosts grew into the game as the minutes ticked on but concrete chances remained at a premium until the 37th minute, when Thomas Lemar and Angel Correa forced goalkeeper Alberto Garcia into a double save.

Atletico appealed for a penalty on the stroke of half time as Oscar Trejo's arm appeared to make contact with a Diego Costa shot, but the referee's VAR review opted not to punish the Rayo defender.

Neither side could find an opener come the half-time whistle, but Simeone's charges continued their good work after the restart and were rewarded with the breakthrough on 63 minutes.

A corner into the Rayo box was flicked on at the far post by Stefan Savic and into the path of Griezmann, who managed to hold off his marker and rifle home from close range.

Atletico struggled to build on their advantage, though, and they were fortunate to come away with all three points in the end as Rayo squandered two golden opportunities late on.

Alex Moreno was guilty of both of those, with the first coming three minutes from time when he collected the ball inside the box and got his shot away, only to be denied by a fine stop from Oblak.

Oblak was the hero again in stoppage time too, thwarting Moreno from point-blank range when the Rayo man looked certain to rescue a point for his side at the death.

Atletico held on to kick-start their season in their opening home game, though, lifting themselves up to second in the very early La Liga standings.

ATLETICO (4-4-2): Oblak; Hernandez, Godín, Savic, Juanfran (Partey 36'); Lemar, Niguez, Rodrigo, Correa (Koke 66'); Griezmann (Martins 76'), Costa

RAYO VALLECANO (4-2-3-1): Garcia; Moreno, Ba, Amat, Advíncula; Elustondo, Comesana (Pozo 69'); Kakuta (Medran 69'), Trejo, Garcia (S Moreno 77'); Embarba

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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