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,...
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed match-winner Antoine Griezmann after Saturday evening's 3-1 La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
The home side made a quick start as Griezmann twice took advantage of issues in the Rayo defence to sprint clear and calmly finish to make it 2-0 inside 21 minutes.
The visitors' Roberto Trashorras hit a 25-yard curler to cut the deficit before halftime, but Rayo centre-forward Manucho directing Griezmann's corner into his own goal...