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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Nikola Kalinic (25')
  • Antoine Griezmann (82')
  • Rodri (87')

Atletico Madrid beat Alaves to go level with La Liga leaders Barcelona

Atletico Madrid moved level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 3-0 win over fourth-placed Alaves on Saturday.

Nikola Kalinic, Antoine Griezmann and Rodri struck for Atletico in a tight battle, with Diego Simeone's side simply more clinical in front of goal.

Kalinic opened the scoring in the 24th minute, bundling the ball home with his stomach from Santiago Arias's cross for his first league goal since a close-season switch from AC Milan.

Atletico suffered a blow when defender Lucas Hernandez had to go off with a knee injury but keeper Jan Oblak had little to do in the first half with Alaves struggling to create chances.

Defender Jose Gimenez came close to doubling Atletico's lead when he hit the post with a header from Thomas Lemar's corner, while Alaves forward Jonathan Calleri nodded wide.

Griezmann wrapped up the points in the final stages when he broke through and tapped home after his first effort came back off the post, with Rodri slamming in a third to give Atletico an advantage which flattered them.

Later on Saturday Barcelona visit crosstown rivals Espanyol and third-placed Sevilla, who are a point off the pace, travel to Valencia. Alaves remain fourth on 24 points, a place and a point ahead of Real Madrid who are away at bottom club Huesca.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +18 25
2 Real Madrid 12 +16 25
3 Atletico Madrid 13 +7 24
4 Sevilla FC 13 +3 24
5 Real Sociedad 13 +7 23
6 Athletic Bilbao 13 +5 20
7 Getafe 13 +3 20
8 Granada 13 +2 20
9 Valencia 13 +1 20
10 Osasuna 13 +3 19
11 Villarreal 13 +7 18
12 Levante 13 0 17
13 Real Valladolid 13 -3 17
14 Alavés 13 -4 15
15 Eibar 13 -7 15
16 Mallorca 13 -7 14
17 Real Betis 13 -8 13
18 Celta Vigo 13 -12 9
19 Espanyol 13 -16 8
20 Leganes 13 -15 6