Atletico earn comfortable win over Osasuna

AFP , Sunday 21 May 2023

Atletico Madrid eased to a 3-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga to climb provisionally second, one point clear of rivals Real Madrid, who visit Valencia later on Sunday.

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Atletico Madrid s French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) fights for the ball with Osasuna s Spanish defender David Garcia during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and CA Osasuna at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 21, 2023. AFP


Yannick Carrasco fired Atletico ahead against the Copa del Rey runners-up after Antoine Griezmann teed him up well.

Diego Simeone was forced to substitute striker Alvaro Morata who took a painful blow in the back from Osasuna defender David Garcia while challenging for the ball.

Saul Niguez doubled Atletico's lead at the Metropolitano, bursting into the box and rifling home in the 62nd minute.

Angel Correa wrapped up the win with a low finish after being slipped through by Rodrigo de Paul.

Atletico guaranteed they will return to the Champions League next season with victory, following this season's humiliating group stage elimination.

Osasuna's defeat is a blow to their hopes of qualifying for continental competition next season, with Jagoba Arrasate's side ninth, three points behind Athletic Bilbao in seventh -- a Conference League spot.

Earlier Espanyol, 19th, earned an important 2-1 win at Rayo Vallecano to cut the gap on Real Valladolid and Getafe ahead of them to one point in the relegation battle.

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