January 22, (THEWILL) – Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways in La Liga with a 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday.
The match, which took place at the Civitas Metropolitano, saw three goals scored in just 10 first-half minutes, putting Diego Simeone’s side in control en route to their first league victory of 2023.
Antoine Griezmann starred brilliantly for Atletico, setting up the opener for Alvaro Morata with an outrageous backheel and adding his own name to the scoresheet with a cheeky finish. Griezmann’s delivery also led to Mario Hermoso firing home on the rebound as Los Colchoneros set down a marker in the fierce battle for a top-four finish.
It was a dominant performance by Atletico, who controlled the tempo of the match from the start. They were able to dictate the pace of the game and constantly put pressure on the Valladolid defence while creating numerous chances throughout the match. The hosts could have easily scored more goals if not for some impressive saves by the Valladolid goalkeeper, Jordi Masip.
The win was crucial for Atletico, as they moved up to 4th in the league table, three points clear of the chasing pack. It also gives them a boost of confidence heading into their midweek Copa del Rey clash with rivals Real Madrid.