Atletico Madrid stretched its impressive unbeaten streak in with a 3-0 home victory over Deportivo Alaves in match-day 15 on Saturday.
Atletico has been undefeated at home at this season and provisionally jumped to the second position in the league standings behind defending champion Barcelona, reports news.
Atletico put an end to the resistance of Alaves after depending on counterattacks and thanks to one goal from forward in the first half and two second-half goals from forward and Rodrigo Hernandez, respectively.
Both teams sought to open the scoring from the very beginning until Kalinic gave his side a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute after following a cross sent by teammate from the right side.
Atletico continued to dominate the game with ball possession, but it lost the efforts of its left-back Lucas Hernandez, who had to leave the field in the 35th minute after suffering an to his right knee when was he was vying for the ball with Alaves’ forward
After failing to net the equaliser before the half time, Alaves continued to fight back in the second half, while the post prevented a header by Atletico defender
Atletico netted two goals in the last eight minutes of the match to smash hopes of Alaves and secure the win, as Vitolo led a counterattack finished successfully by Griezmann in the 82nd, as the latter followed the ball that hit the post to find the back of the net.
Just five minutes later, Rodrigo managed to follow up the ball saved by to score the third goal with a short-range shot inside the penalty box and seal the 3-0 win.
Atletico is now in the second position with 28 points, on goal difference behind leader Barcelona, which is set to be hosted by Espanyol later on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Alaves provisionally holds the fourth position with 24 points after failing to earn a single win in its last three matches.
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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 21:58 IST