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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 25 +33 55
2 Real Madrid 25 +29 53
3 Atletico Madrid 25 +10 43
4 Sevilla FC 25 +9 43
5 Getafe 25 +11 42
6 Real Sociedad 24 +11 40
7 Villarreal 25 +8 38
8 Valencia 25 -2 38
9 Granada 25 +1 36
10 Levante 25 -5 32
11 Athletic Bilbao 25 +2 31
12 Osasuna 25 -4 31
13 Real Betis 25 -5 30
14 Alavés 25 -8 30
15 Real Valladolid 25 -6 29
16 Eibar 24 -15 24
17 Celta Vigo 25 -12 24
18 Mallorca 25 -16 22
19 Leganes 25 -19 19
20 Espanyol 25 -22 19