Atletico Madrid were superb on Saturday evening when they ran out 5-1 winners over Las Palmas at the Estadio de Gran Canaria.
Koke (two), Angel Correa, Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Partey scored the goals for Atletico as they ran out easy winners over Las Palmas whose goal came from Jonathan Calleri.
Correa opened the scoring after just three minutes when he picked the ball up on the edge of the box before dribbling past two Las Palmas defenders and toe poking his shot past Leandro Chichizola.
Two minutes later Atletico doubled their lead when Saul Niguez played Carrasco through. The Belgian managed to beat a defender before putting a low shot past Chichizola.
After half time Las Palmas gave themselves a lifeline when Calleri headed home a Momo cross to get the score back to 2-1 but their hopes of a comeback didn’t last long.
Four minutes after the Las Palmas goal Koke picked up a loose clearance around 20 yards from the goal. He struck a curling effort past the goalkeeper to reinstate Atleti’s two goal advantage and they never looked back from that moment.
With 15 minutes to go Koke got his second of the game. Carrasco ran at the home defence and as he was challenged the ball bounced up into the air toward Koke who adjusted his body superbly to score with an acrobatic bicycle kick.
Las Palmas received another opportunity to get back in the game on 80 minutes when Gabi was adjudged to have fouled Jonathan Viera inside the area and the referee pointed straight to the spot. It was Viera himself who stepped up to take the penalty but Jan Oblak went the right away and saved his effort.
Atletico managed to get another goal late on when Carrasco found Thomas on the edge of the box and the Ghanaian scored with a powerful shot to make the score 5-1 and put the gloss on what was an excellent performance from Diego Simeone’s men.
La Liga will now break for a fortnight to accommodate internationals but when it recommences Atletico will be away from home again when they take on Valencia. Las Palmas will also be on the road when they travel to Andalusia to take on Malaga.