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Griezmann among goals again as Atletico ease past Celta

13 March 2018

Griezmann then set up the second goal in the 54th minute with a pinpoint through ball to Spain global Vitolo, who scored his first Liga goal for Atletico since his move from Sevilla.

"He's growing", Simeone said.

Atletico remain eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, with their title hopes having taken a serious blow with last weekend's 1-0 defeat at the Camp Nou. Celta are ninth. Barcelona were 2-0 winners at Malaga on Saturday with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho on target, as Lionel Messi missed the game to attend the birth of his third child. There are still a lot of matches to be played, we're going from match to match. 'My desire is to be in with a chance with five games left.

Atletico have reportedly made several attempts to initiate contract talks with Griezmann in a bid to tie him down long-term and increase his €100 million release clause.

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The striker has suffered through a disappointing season which saw his club crash out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma and Chelsea. The Frenchman cleared two Celta players by faking a shot near the goal, then sent the ball into the top far corner to open the scoring at the Metropolitano. Sevilla plays at Manchester United in the Champions League Tuesday in the last-16 second leg.

Vitolo's last three goals in La Liga have now been for three different teams - he previously netted for Sevilla and then scored for Las Palmas against Celta earlier this season. Vitolo doubled Atletico's advantage in the 56th minute with a deft chip over Marco Ruben before Angel Correa rounded off the scoring soon after with a powerful strike from the edge of the box. Earlier yesterday, Gerard Moreno got the victor, his 12th goal of the season, as Espanyol beat Real Sociedad 2-1.

Moreno got the victor off the rebound of his missed penalty kick, which was initially saved by former Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya. "He is playing fantastically well, there is communion with the fans, he scored a great goal, gave a fantastic assist, worked hard for the team".

Las Palmas remain in the relegation places after losing 2-0 at home to Villarreal, whose victory maintains their bid for European football next season.

Griezmann among goals again as Atletico ease past Celta