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Atletico Madrid

Corrigan: Barca's star men come good

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Griezmann stars as Atletico Madrid keep up with Spain's big two

Following Atletico Madrid's convincing win over Rayo Vallecano, Los Colchoneros remain just three points behind Barcelona in the league table.

Having seen league leaders Real Madrid narrowly claim a win and Barcelona cruise to victory, Atletico Madrid did what was required to remain in the title hunt and won 3-1 versus a spirited, if limited, Rayo Vallecano.

Despite the fact that their Madrid neighbours, with two straight road wins entering the game, are one of the league's in-form away teams, two early strikes from Antoine Griezmann, who was outstanding all evening, effectively killed the game as a contest before it began.

Rayo did rally,...

Exhaused Atletico must summon all their energy for Rayo tilt

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained upbeat about his side's Copa del Rey chances despite Wednesday's defeat to Barcelona.

Come midnight on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid will have played Real Madrid and Barcelona a combined five times in a month that has featured nine top-level games for the Colchoneros. Although he may not freely admit it, Atletico manager Diego Simeone will likely be relieved when January is over.

Therefore, this Saturday, when Madrid neighbours Rayo Vallecano come to the Vicente Calderon in the first match of the "segunda vuelta" of La Liga fixtures, things should, in theory at least, be a bit more...

Mario Suarez shines as Atletico Madrid's defence falls just short

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained upbeat about his side's Copa del Rey chances despite Wednesday's defeat to Barcelona.
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique insists that his side fully deserved their 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
China's Dalian Wanda Group secured 20 percent of the stock shares from Spain's champions Atletico Madrid.

It was not pretty; it was never going to be. Having learned the lessons of 10 days ago, Diego Simeone sent his side to the Camp Nou to do a job, one they had executed almost to perfection before eight minutes from time, Lionel Messi managed to cajole a silly push out of Guilherme Siqueira.

What then followed was one of those frustrating incidents that happen all too often in Spain. A loose ball, a player the slightest touch and hits the deck, via the aid of the sniper in the crowd. It is one of those...

Barcelona emerge victorious from tight, tense Copa clash with Atletico

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique insists that his side fully deserved their 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained upbeat about his side's Copa del Rey chances despite Wednesday's defeat to Barcelona.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe expands on Lionel Messi's great run of form for Barcelona and questions whether Luis Enrique may now be doing things Messi's way.

BARCELONA -- Three things from the Camp Nou as Lionel Messi's late penalty saw it finish Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid in Wednesday night's Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.

1. Messi penalty decides tight and tense game

A surprisingly fast and intense start from Barcelona blitzed Atletico in their La Liga meeting here 10 days ago. Diego Simeone's side shocked Real Madrid in their Copa last 16 return game last week, with the tie's key goal coming inside the opening 60 seconds. This was more...

The rise of Atletico Madrid's other Torres

Porto's Oliver Torres scored a thunderous strike to give his team a 2-nil lead.

As Fernando Torres is preparing to take on Barcelona in a crunch Copa del Rey quarterfinal clash, it is well worth noticing that his namesake, Oliver Torres, has outscored him in 2015. The bright Atletico Madrid hope, on loan at Porto, found the net in each of his three league fixtures this year, and he is quickly becoming a favourite at the Estadio do Dragao.

Granted, the level of opposition Oliver has had to face is not comparable to what Fernando has come up against. The younger of Atletico's...

Barca vs. Atletico, Valencia vs. Sevilla highlight a big week in Spanish football

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes preview the biggest storylines heading into the first leg of the quarterfinal matchup between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

I'm sure there have been and will be quiet weeks in Spanish football. But I'll be damned if I can remember them, and this certainly isn't going to be one.

The Camp Nou's attendance for Barcelona's previous Copa del Rey game was 27,000. If the Barca vs. Atletico quarterfinal first leg is anything (and I do mean anything) like the other week, when we had tumultuous football and four goals, then it shouldn't be just a 98,000 sellout Wednesday; they should re-introduce the old 120,000 limit that...