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  • Updated: January 22, 2023

La Liga: Atletico Sweep Through Valladolid To Claim 3-Nil Home Win

La Liga: Atletico Sweep Through Valladolid To Claim 3-Nil Ho

Alvaro Morata

Atletico Madrid completed one of their best performances of the season as they swept through Real Valladolid in the first half to claim a 3-0 on Saturday, with Memphis Depay making his debut.

Real Sociedad, third, continued their fine form with a 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano while struggling Sevilla snatched a 1-0 win over Cadiz with a late Ivan Rakitic penalty.

Atletico's new Dutch forward Depay, signed from Barcelona on Friday, came off the bench in the second half but by then Antoine Griezmann's virtuoso display had the hosts in full control at the Metropolitano.


The French forward produced a sublime assist for Alvaro Morata to open the scoring and then struck the second himself.

Mario Hermoso netted the third from the rebound after his header from Griezmann's free-kick was parried back into his path.

Those three goals in an 11-minute spell in the first half wrapped up the points for fourth-placed Atletico.

Diego Simeone's team have endured a tough season both in the league and also in Europe, where they were eliminated, but earned a second win in seven league games to get heading back in the right direction.

On Thursday they face rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, important both as a derby but also their last realistic chance of silverware this season.

"I'm very happy, very pleased with the team's performance," Griezmann told DAZN.

"We have been doing well since the World Cup, playing with intensity, hard work, having chances up front, but we lacked a goal.

"That was largely my fault, because I was having chances but couldn't get it in. This goal will help me a lot mentally to get scoring again."

Invigorated by the cup draw and Depay's arrival, Atletico started brilliantly.

Griezmann's stunning back-flick played in Morata, who cut inside and drilled home at the near post.

Five minutes later Griezmann doubled Atletico's lead, blasting home Nahuel Molina's cross.

Hermoso's third sealed the win and Atletico spurned further chances to increase their winning margin. The victory brings Atletico within 10 points of leaders Barcelona, albeit having played two extra games.

The Catalans host Getafe on Sunday, while second-placed Real Madrid travel to face Athletic Bilbao.

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