Atletico Madrid warmed up for this weekend’s Madrid derby by easing past newcomers Huesca in the first ever league meeting between the two sides.
Following a slow start to the season, Atleti looked to have settled in following victories last week against AS Monaco in the Champions League and Getafe.
Huesca gave themselves the perfect start to the season by defeating Eibar 2-1 away from home as well as drawing 2-2 with Athletic Bilbao at San Memes. An 8-2 hammering by Barcelona at the Nou Camp followed however, and their losing streak rose to three games after losing 1-0 to nine men Real Sociedad at El Alcoraz on Friday.
Diego Simeone made three changes to the side that picked up three points over neighbours Getafe at the weekend, with youngster Carlos Munoz replacing Juanfran at right back, and Angel Correa and Thomas Partey replacing Saul and Rodri.
Leo Franco made two changes to his team, with Xabier Etxeita and Samuele Longo taking to the Wanda Metropolitano field in place of Jorge Pulido and Moises Gomez.
Los Colchoneros did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, with Diego Costa racing clear of the visiting defence before linking up with Antoine Griezmann to cooly slot past loanee Axel Werner in the 16th minute to grab his second goal of the season.
Just before the half hour mark Atleti grabbed their second of the evening. Angel Correa found Thomas outside the box who smashed the ball to the bottom left hand corner of the net to make it 2-0. In the 33rd minute Atleti completed their rout. A Koke pass intended for Correa caught Werner flat-footed and ended up in the back of the net. The incident was initially disallowed for offside, however referee Pablo Gonzales Fuertes overturned the decision after viewing it from VAR.
In a much quieter second half, where Diego Simeone decided to rest his attackers for the weekend, it was the visitors who nearly grabbed a goal back near the end of the match, however Jan Oblak pulled off a fine save from a Juan Aguilera long range shot to ensure he kept his third clean sheet of the season.
Atletico now sit in third position in La Liga and take a trip over the city to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday for an exciting match up with neighbours Real.
Having lost four games on the trot, conceding 13 goals and only scoring twice, SD Huesca welcome Girona to Aragon looking to put an end to a bad run of form.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Munoz, Gimenez (Lucas, 39), Godin, Filipe Luis; Correa, Thomas, Koke, Lemar, Diego Costa (Martins, 65), Griezmann (Kalinic, 53)
Huesca: Werner; Miramon, Etxeita, Semedo, Luisinho (Akapo, 69); Falguera, Manzanares, Musto, Ferreiro; Hernandez (Aguilera, 45), Longo (Avila, 56)