The best version of Griezmann certified the victory of Atlético de Madrid in Elche (0-2) and its mathematical classification for the next edition of the Champions League. He passed Sevilla in the table, fourth after drawing at home against Mallorca, which remains in the UCI but is alive, just like Alavés, still hoping to continue in the First Division after beating Espanyol (2-1).
Without a doubt, Griezmann has returned. At least in his last two games. He performed at a good level against Real Madrid and extended his good week at the Martínez Valero Stadium, where he caused the fall of Elche, already saved mathematically despite the defeat and thanks to Mallorca’s draw. With two games to go, and with the goal difference in his favor, he takes six points from the Balearic team.
That was the only good news for Elche, who could never get their hands on Diego Simeone’s men. Griezmann showed skills as an organizer, as a creative man despite playing up front with Cunha, and his were the sparks that gave the red and white team the three points.
In the first half, he started the play that ended with Cunha’s goal after half an hour and, in the second, he manufactured Rodrigo De Paul’s goal in a ‘champagne’ football action that enabled the Argentine midfielder to score at will. He still needs to put an end to his scoring curse, he has accumulated 17 duels without celebrating a goal, but, at least, he generates play, goals and gives important victories.
Thanks to Griezmann, Atlético occupied third position. They overcame Sevilla, in the doldrums after adding their third consecutive draw at home against Mallorca. The last stretch of the course is taking a long time for Lopetegui’s team, which has gone from being a candidate for the title to fourth place with Betis on the prowl: they have a five-point lead with six at stake.
On this occasion, they faced Mallorca, which, led by the Mexican Javier Aguirre, has managed to compete on any stage. Sometimes with a prize; others, without it. But, on this occasion, he got a point that could be the key to salvation if Cádiz falls in San Sebastián against Real Sociedad.
At the moment, with one more game, he is two units behind the Cadiz team. He is still in the UCI, but in Seville he showed that if Aguirre had arrived at Mallorca a month earlier, he could find himself in a different situation. On this occasion, he stifled Sevilla, who suffered from the spark of other phases of the season and could even lose if it wasn’t for Bono, who saved a very clear chance for Muriqi in the second half. That goal would have been pure gold for Aguirre’s team, which will continue in the fight until the end.
The same as Alavés, who although they are experiencing a more complicated situation, were happy in Mendizorroza after beating Espanyol 2-1. The team from Vitoria refuses to raise the white flag and, with goals from Miguel de la Fuente and Gonzalo Escalante, they remain four points behind Cádiz. However, a victory for the Andalusian team in San Sebastián this Thursday will make Alavés a Second Division team.
Meanwhile, Espanyol continues in free fall. His season finale will fall into oblivion. He has been saved for a long time, but has accumulated four defeats and a draw in the last five games. He has gotten carried away. Only Raúl de Tomás, with his penalty goal, his 16th of the season, was happy after placing third in the top scorers just behind Benzema (26) and Iago Aspas (18).
And in El Sadar, Getafe stayed on the edge of mathematical permanence. He will still have to get one more point to get it after drawing 1-1 against Osasuna, who had absolutely nothing at stake and his main objective was to pay tribute to Oier Sanjurjo. At 35 years old, after fifteen consecutive seasons at the Navarrese club, he said goodbye in almost the best way: with a goal and applause from his fans, who already know that he will not renew his contract.
Oier was in charge of opening the scoring thanks to a header at the beginning of the first half after a cross from the left wing by Rubén García. Raised on his shoulders by his teammates, he lived through a few exciting seconds that lasted when he was substituted in the second half and the entire Osasuna stadium stood up to applaud him.
It was one of the few inspired moments of a rough, blunt, rough, ugly encounter for the viewer. Getafe played to speculate with the score and, basically, not to lose. With a point in his pocket and a defeat for Mallorca at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium, he had his goal accomplished.
Therefore, he only attacked when he was behind on the scoreboard. And he did it without fluency and without ideas. Fate did not seem flattering for Quique Sánchez Flores’s men, who, however, found themselves with an own goal goal from Lucas Torró that fixed all the problems for Getafe.
After a start of the course in which he added one point out of the first twenty-four possible, he is now one unit away from salvation. She has gone from being in a black hole to bordering on a miracle. Against Barcelona, the next day, or against Elche, in the last, he hopes to end an uncertainty that has left the Getafe players exhausted.