Atletico Madrid defeats Mallorca on club’s 120th anniversary

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On the club’s 120th anniversary, Diego Simeone’s team put on a fun performance with Antoine Griezmann at the center of it once more. At the Metropolitano, the forward provided two assists as the home team scored through Rodrigo de Paul, Alvaro Morata, and Yannick Carrasco. Atletico Madrid took advantage of Real Madrid’s Tuesday 4-2 loss to Girona to close the gap on their neighbors because Barcelona, the league’s early leaders, are too far ahead to be caught.

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Atletico had their celebrations cut short early on because they were wearing special blue and white kits at home to commemorate the event. The pattern was based on their very first shirt. After 20 minutes, Mallorca took the lead when Matija Nastasic pounced unmarked at the back post following a corner kick. Atletico Madrid was in control of the game and trying to get back into it when Predrag Rajkovic made saves from Morata and Lemar.

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Before halftime, when Nahuel Molina was brought down by Jose Copete, the hosts believed they had earned their first penalty of the year, but VAR revealed the Mallorca defender touched the ball first. After Rajkovic parried a shot from Griezmann, the Frenchman crossed the rebound for his teammate to finish in first-half injury time.

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Early in the second half, Morata headed home a cross from Molina to give Atletico the lead.Simeone’s team persisted, and Rajkovic denied Jose Maria Gimenez’s header after Griezmann crossed a free-kick.After 77 minutes, Carrasco scored the third goal on the break after Griezmann set him up with a beautiful lob pass.

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With no defenders in his path, the Belgian winger rushed onto the ball, surged halfway across the field, circled Rajkovic, and buried the goal.Javier Aguirre’s Mallorca are secure in 11th place despite the loss, 10 points above the relegation zone. With a 2-1 victory at Getafe, Almeria moved up to 15th place, leaving the hosts in 17th place, one point above the bottom three, where they could fall based on other results on Thursday.

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