Fernando Torres finally notched his 100th La Liga goal for Atletico Madrid this afternoon, scoring the side’s third in a 3-0 win over struggling Levante at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 away to Sporting Club in Thursday’s Europa League Quarter Final second leg, with Kevin Gameiro replacing the injured Diego Costa and Angel Correa taking to the field in place of Gabi.
Paco Lopez made three changes to his side that have been on a terrific run of form in recent times, with Abeid replacing the suspended Coke, as well as Jason and Sadiku who replaced Ivi and Pazzini respectively.
The first half seemed to be a quiet affair with both sides failing to create clear-cut chances in the first 15 minutes of the match. Roger went close for the visitors in the 21st minute, meeting an Abeid cross with his head, however his attempt went wide of the goal. Twelve minutes later, the hosts grabbed the first goal of the game. A Vitolo cross was met by Angel Correa who slotted the ball at the bottom right corner to make it 1-0 for Atletico.
Levante boss Lopez brought on Ivi and Bardhi before the start of the second half to add a more attacking threat to his side, however in the 48th minute his side let in the second goal of the game. A volleyed cross from Sime Vrsaljko was met by Antoine Griezmann who shot past Oier to make it 2-0 to the home side.
Fernando Torres replaced Griezmann in the 58th minute and scored the winner for the side, ending his week on a bittersweet note following his announcement that he is to depart his boyhood club at the end of the season. Angel Correa’s cross found Torres, who turned and scored to complete a century of league goals for the club.
The victory means that Atleti have confirmed both a top four spot and a place in next season’s Champions League with six league games still to play. Simeone’s men travel to San Sebastian on Thursday night against a Real Sociedad side who are still chasing a European spot.
Levante now sit just five points ahead of Deportivo La Coruna in 17th position and face bottom placed Malaga at the Estadi Ciutat de València on Thursday.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Correa, Koke (Gabi, 62), Saul, Vitolo (Juanfran, 78); Griezmann (Torres, 58), Gameiro
Levante: Oier, Pedro Lopez, Cabaco, Rober, Abeid (Chema, 78); Jason (Ivi, 45), Lerma, Campana, Morales; Roger, Sadiku (Bardhi, 45)