Griez­mann a win­ner again

> But in­juries over­shadow hero striker as Atletico move up to third in La Liga

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

AN­TOINE GRIEZ­MANN was Atletico Madrid’s hero once more with the win­ner as last sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal­ists moved third in La Liga with a 1-0 win over 10-man De­portivo la Coruna.

How­ever, the hosts’ vic­tory was over­shad­owed by an an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury suf­fered by mid­fielder Au­gusto Fer­nan­dez be­fore half­time that will keep him out for much of the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Jose Maria Gimenez also had to be re­placed in the first half with a groin in­jury and is set to miss to­mor­row’s huge Cham­pi­ons League clash with Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Moroc­can winger Fay­cal Fajr un­did a fine open­ing 45 min­utes for the vis­i­tors yes­ter­day when he picked up two quick­fire yel­low cards just be­fore the break.

Atletico passed up a host of chances in the sec­ond half, but fi­nally made the break­through 20 min­utes from time when Griez­mann tapped home his fifth goal of the sea­son.

Diego Sime­one’s men now trail lead­ers Real Madrid by just two points and move to within a point of Barcelona.

“It is not good news, es­pe­cially Au­gusto’s in­jury, but the doc­tors can ex­plain it bet­ter than me,” said Atletico coach Sime­one.

Atletico were the only side in Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion this week to play yes­ter­day, but Sime­one in­sisted that would be no ex­cuse against Bay­ern.

“Now they need a big bowl of pasta, a good flan and to sleep well,” added the Ar­gen­tine.

“We’ll have a re­cov­ery ses­sion to­mor­row and train well again on Tues­day. They have to sleep very well be­cause they have to play on Wed­nes­day and come what may there will be no ex­cuses.”

Ear­lier, Va­len­cia’s up­turn un­der care­taker coach Voro con­tin­ued as they came from be­hind to beat Le­ganes 2-1, but were grate­ful once more to Brazil­ian goal­keeper Diego Alves’s fan­tas­tic record of sav­ing penal­ties.

Alexan­der Szy­manowski headed the hosts into the lead, but Nani lev­elled with his first Va­len­cia goal 10 min­utes be­fore half­time.

Nani’s cross was turned home by Mario Suarez to put Va­len­cia in front. – AFP

– REUTERSPIX

Atletico Madrid’s An­toine Griez­mann (cen­tre) watches team­mate An­gel Cor­rea at­tempt­ing a header past De­portivo Coruna goal­keeper Ger­man Lux (right) dur­ing their La Liga match at the Vi­cente Calderon Sta­dium in Madrid yes­ter­day.

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