An attacking masterclass from French duo Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro proved too much to handle for Levante at tonight’s clash with Atletico Madrid at the Ciutat de Valencia.
The home side, who sat in 13th place prior to kick off, made one change to the side that started in the 2-0 victory over Las Palmas last weekend, with Sergio Postigo taking to the bench, being replaced by Roberto Suarez Pier.
Atleti made five changes to the side that defeated AS Roma in Italy midweek, with Diego Godin and Stefan Savic returning to the starting 11, replacing Jose Giminez and Lucas Hernandez, as well as Gabi, Correa and Gameiro replacing Augusto, Carrasco and Fernando Torres.
An entertaining first half involved plenty of end to end action. The deadlock was broken in the 5th minute, when Gabi found Gameiro on the right wing, who fired a low cross towards Angel Correa, unfortunately for the Levante defence, the ball met Suarez Pier instead, with his attempted block rolling in to his own net to make it 1-0 to the away side.
After the opener, both teams had opportunities to score, with Koke hitting a long range shot off target, and Jason volleying the ball just wide of the post. The Madrid side doubled their lead in the 28th minute, when Koke sent a through ball to Correa who successfully rounded Oier outside the box.
His shot was met by Chema, however the ball rolled under his leg towards Kevin Gameiro, who successfully slotted the ball into the open net. Again, after the goal both sides had opportunities to get on the scoreboard, with Enes Ünal and Enis Bardhi having opportunities to score for Levante and Correa and Gameiro missing chances for Atletico, with both teams departing the pitch for half time with the score standing at 2-0.
The home side kept huffing and puffing in the early stages of the second half, however the game was out of sight in the 59th minute when a defence splitting pass from Antoine Griezmann found fellow Frenchman, Gameiro who grabbed his second of the evening. Los Colchoneros made it 4 in the 65th minute when Kevin Gameiro hit the ball across the goal mouth, which met Griezmann who opened his account for the evening.
Three minutes later and Griezmann secured his brace, with a rebound following a Gameiro shot that was parried away by Oier. This was the first time that Atleti have had two players score braces in the same away fixture since Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero in 2008. Fernando Torres replaced Gameiro and had a couple of chances to make it 6-0, however was denied by Oier on both occasions.
Levante will be hoping that odds are in their favour this coming Friday with a trip to 18th placed, Malaga, whereas Atleti, who have leapfrogged rivals Real to third place, will be looking to continue their unbeaten run at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday 2nd.