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Nicolas Gaitan the difference as under-par Atletico Madrid edge Real Betis

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Nicolas Gaitan struck the only goal as Atletico Madrid edged Real Betis.

A dogged performance from a slightly under-par Atletico Madrid was enough to see off a spirited Real Betis outfit 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

It appeared it would be plain sailing when Nicolas Gaitan neatly fired the home side ahead after just eight minutes, but the Andalusian outfit dug in their heels and did not let Los Colchoneros have it all their own way. Nevertheless, that is now two wins from two tricky league games since the Christmas break and there are encouraging signs there.



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Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann makes stunning save in training

At the last count, Antoine Griezmann was the third best outfield player in the world.

However, it would also appear that the Atletico Madrid forward also does a neat sideline in top-notch goalkeeping, as this video snippet posted by teammate Saul Niguez duly proves...

As full-length dives go, that was certainly Impressive...

Griezmann's hot streak continues as Atleti sneak past Las Palmas in Copa

Angel Correa and Antoine Griezmann scored as Atletico Madrid lost 3-2 to Las Palmas but advanced on aggregate.

Atletico Madrid survived a late scare to secure their place in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, as they lost 3-2 on Tuesday night to Las Palmas at the Vicente Calderon but progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Antoine Griezmann continued his fine form by opening the scoring, and Angel Correa's solo effort had appeared to seal the deal. However, a late rally from the Canary Island outfit sent pulses racing in the capital, and two late goals meant it was a nervy finale for Atleti.

Nevertheless, progression...

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When are The Best FIFA Football awards? When was Ballon d'Or?

ESPN FC's Martin Ainstein breaks down FIFA's new award, The Best Men's Player 2016.

The Ballon d'Or and FIFA Best Men's Player awards are now separate. Find out all the information about them and The Best FIFA Football awards ceremony below.

When are the award ceremonies?

- The Ballon d'Or award was announced on Dec. 12, 2016. 

- The FIFA Best Men's Player award, Best Women's Player and FIFA Puskas award (for the best goal of 2016) will be presented at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Jan. 9, 2017 in Zurich at 6.30 p.m. CET (12.30 p.m. ET)

Who are the finalists?


Antoine Griezmann ends goal drought as Atletico Madrid beat Eibar

Antoine Griezmann scored as Atletico Madrid saw off Eibar.

A typically attritional display from Atletico Madrid saw them avoid a potential banana skin and come away from Eibar with a comfortable 2-0 victory on Saturday.

In a turgid encounter on a wet, windy afternoon in the Basque Country, a moment of quality from Saul Niguez and a first La Liga goal in 10 games for Antoine Griezmann were enough to seal the points for Los Rojiblancos, who appear to be reaping the benefits of the winter break.

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Man United to hand Antoine Griezmann equal wages to Paul Pogba

Craig Burley evaluates some of the latest football rumours, like the possibility of Man United landing Antoine Griezmann.

The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Griezmann in line for Pogba wages?

Manchester United have already held preliminary talks with Antoine Griezmann's representatives about a transfer from Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford, the Sun claims, with the France international having been promised wages to match Paul Pogba's if he swaps La Liga...