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Griezmann ends goal drought as Atletico Madrid beat Eibar in Spain

Reuters , Saturday 7 Jan 2017
Atletico Madrid
Eibar v Atletico Madrid - Spanish Liga Santander - Ipurua, Eibar, Spain - 07/01/2017. Eibar's Sergi Enrich lies on the ground (Photo: Reuters)
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Antoine Griezmann scored his first league goal in more than three months as Atletico Madrid won 2-0 at Eibar to provisionally go fourth in the standings.

The France international ended his La Liga goal drought by gliding forward to the edge of the area and playing a pass with compatriot Kevin Gameiro before blasting into the net in the 74th minute.

Saul Niguez had broken the deadlock on a freezing cold pitch in the 54th minute by glancing in a Filipe Luis cross following a short corner routine.

Atletico withstood plenty of pressure from the home side after netting the first goal and sealed the points with Griezmann's first league strike since he scored against Valencia on Oct. 2.

"It was a difficult game in a difficult ground, we gave everything. We struggled to get into the game at first but we were much better in the second half," Griezmann said.

"We showed what people expect of Atleti, we were strong at the back and defended with 11 men and took advantage of the few chances we created."

Atletico go fourth on 31 points although Real Sociedad, on 29, have the chance to leapfrog Diego Simeone's side when they host third-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.

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