Griezmann fires Atletico level with Barcelona

Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann gestures during the Spanish League football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and RCD Espanyol at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on Decemeber 22, 2018. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Atletico Madrid moved level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona after Antoine Griezmann’s second-half penalty was enough to see off Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday.

Griezmann smashed home from the spot 10 minutes after the break to give Diego Simeone’s side three points from a hard-fought match with mid-table Espanyol that extends Atletico’s unbeaten league run to 14 matches.

They stay second but move alongside Barca on 34 points, although the Catalans will have the chance to re-establish their three-point lead at the top of the league when they host Celta Vigo later on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Griezmann, who missed out on a Ballon d’Or despite winning the Europa League with Atletico last season and the World Cup with France in the summer, is on a fine run of form after having saved his side with a late winner at Real Valladolid last week.

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