Following their exit from the Copa Del Rey on Tuesday at the hands of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid secured three points against struggling Las Palmas at the Wanda Metropolitano. With Diego Simeone beginning his three match touchline ban, his side had to work hard in order to get the win over Paco Jémez’s men.
Prior to kick off, Kevin Gameiro was forced to withdraw from the side due to a stomach virus, and youngster Giovanni was called to take the Frenchman’s place in the squad. With Diego Costa still injured, Fernando Torres took his place in the starting eleven. The other replacement to the side that were defeated midweek was Juanfran taking over the right back position from Sime Vrsaljko.
There was one change to the Las Palmas side that produced a shock victory over Valencia last week. David Simón replaced Mauricio Lemos in defence, following the Uruguayan completing a loan deal with Italian side Sassuolo earlier in the week.
The game started off with both sides looking to open the scoring early, with Koke and Gabriel Penalba having chances in the first 5 minutes. For the rest of the half, Atleti looked more likely to grab the opening goal, with Gabi and Torres both missing goal scoring opportunities, as well as Antoine Griezmann hitting the post. Making his 100th appearance for the side, Jan Oblak had a pretty quiet first half, with a Jairo Samperio chance going wide.
Yannick Carrasco replaced Koke at the start of the second half and found himself in the middle of the action, creating chances as well as attempting to score his fourth goal this season.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 61st minute, when Juanfran intercepted the ball from a Las Palmas attack and sent a through ball from half way towards Griezmann, who slotted the ball past Chichizola.
Twelve minutes later Atleti doubled their lead. Griezmann successfully picked up a loose pass and found Angel Correa who charged up the pitch, passing the ball to Fernando Torres to make it 2-0. Carrasco set up fellow substitute Thomas Partey to make it 3-0 two minutes from time, sealing the three points for Los Colchoneros.
Following Valencia’s 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday, Atletico Madrid are now 6 points clear in second place, 9 points behind leaders Barcelona who were due to face Alaves on Sunday evening. Las Palmas remain in 19th position, one point above Malaga.
Atletico Madrid – Oblak, Juanfran, Giminez, Godin, Lucas, Correa (Partey, 81), Gabi, Koke (Carrasco, 45), Saul, Griezmann, Torres (Vitolo, 80)
Las Palmas – Chichizola, Simon, Galvez, Ximo Navarro, Castellano (Exposito, 80), Penalba, Toledo, Tana (Gomez, 58), Jairo (Gil, 62), Jonathan Viera, Calleri