Antoine Griezmann scores a brace in Atlético’s 2-1 victory over Betis

Antoine Griezmann offered a couple of touches of magic to lead Atletico Madrid to third place in the Spanish La Liga.

The star French striker converted a double of great quality on Sunday, with which the colchoneros ended their visit to Betis with a 2-1 victory, a duel in which it was in dispute to be on the championship podium.

Griezmann first scored an Olympic goal, with which he took a corner kick with his left leg close to the first post, which neither the defenders nor goalkeeper Rui Silva cleared before letting the ball bounce and seeing it go into the goal in the 54th minute.

The Frenchman celebrated his first brace of the season in the 71st minute, with his fifth goal of the competition, after a series of combinations with Ángel Correa and Matheus Cunha to reach the area and resolve with a low shot that passed between Silva’s legs before going online.

Nabil Fekir discounted for the hosts with a superb free kick from the edge of the area, which he sent to the hairpin in the 84th minute.

Moments before the first of Griezmann’s goals, a goal from Luiz Henriquez was invalidated by the Betis from the video arbitration room (VAR), after an advanced position by Borja Iglesias was assessed in a counterattack.

“We had lost two points against Rayo at home and we had to win here. It was difficult for us at the beginning, but we have worked very well defensively”, said Griezmann.

The mattresses claimed third position after accumulating 23 points and following in the footsteps of the leader Real Madrid, who beat Sevilla 3-1 on Saturday to be on top with 31 units. Later the shooting guard Barcelona (25) receives a visit from Athletic Club (18).

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Chilean strategist Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis stagnated in 5th position with 20 units.

ELCHE SAVE THE DRAW

Gonzalo Verdú scored down the stretch to help Elche salvage a 2-2 draw away to Espanyol.

Pere Milla put Elche ahead in the 11th minute. Verdú sealed the tie at 82′ for the only team that is still without a win in the championship and is second only with four units.

Javier Puado (24′) and Martin Braithwaite (67′) converted the goals for the parakeet team, which is 13th with 10 units.

Argentine strategist Jorge Almirón stringed together 19 winless games as Elche coach. He had 16 in his first spell with the team before being fired; he now accumulates three dates without wins since he returned to the bench this contest.

 

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