Atletico Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo: Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata help Diego Simeone’s squad narrow Barcelona’s lead to nine points
- Diego Costa has been suspended for the rest of the season following his red card
- Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata fulfilled the striker roles and both scored
- Atletico’s defeat at the Nou Camp caused Barcelona to take a giant step towards the title
Atletico Madrid narrowed the gap behind runaway LaLiga leaders Barcelona to nine points with a 2-0 home win against Celta Vigo.
With Diego Costa suspended for the rest of the season after his red card in Barcelona last weekend, Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata took the striker and were both on the score sheet.
Atletico’s defeat at the Nou Camp caused Barcelona to take a giant leap towards another league title, but the Catalans offered Atletico the least glimmer of hope for their pursuers when a largely second-string side pulled 0-0 at the bottom club earlier on Saturday Huesca.
Atletico Madrid narrowed the gap behind runaway LaLiga leaders Barcelona to nine points
The Diego Simeone team took advantage and an unstoppable free kick by Griezmann, who threw the ball into the top corner of the net past goalkeeper Ruben Blanco, gave Atletico the lead just before half-time.
Griezman then changed providers in the 74th minute when he founded Morata, who turned Blanco cool before putting the ball into an empty net.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde changed all 10 field players at Huesca, with his focus clearly on the quarterfinals of Tuesday’s Champions League final against Manchester United.
Ousmane Dembele had some good chances of scoring for Barcelona, but they came closest when the French attacker saw his shot saved by Roberto Santamaria when he just had to beat the goalkeeper.
Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata filled the striker positions and both scored for the hosts
Sevilla moved back to fourth place in the table with a 3-2 win over derby rivals Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Munir El Haddadi struck to give the hosts the lead, but Giovani Lo Celso equalized early in the second half. However, Betis was only four minutes right when Pablo Sarabia restored Seville’s advantage before Franco Vazquez quickly expanded it.
Cristian Tello narrowed the deficit to one goal eight minutes before time, but the hosts continued to climb above Getafe and back to the Champions League places.
Alaves’ European hopes were hit with a 2-1 defeat to Espanyol, who took control by an Adria Pedrosa attack and an own goal from Victor Laguardia. Jonathan Calleri retired a goal, but a third loss in four games left Alaves seventh in the rankings.