GRIEZMANN NARROWS GAP AT TOP TO SIX
MAntoine Griezmann should be firmly back in the good graces of Atletico Madrid fans after he fired them to within six points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 1-0 win over bottom club Malaga.
Griezmann had been j eered by Atletico f a ns f or s low ing pl a y down instead of looking for another goal towards the end of their 1-0 win over Valencia last time out.
He reacted angrily to those jeers, but both he and the Atletico supporters had reason to celebrate less than a minute into yesterday's contest at La Rosaleda.
Griezmann opened the scoring with a confident closerange finish, his fourth goal in five games, and it proved to be enough for Atletico to at least temporarily gain ground on title favourites Barca.
Malaga, who are seven points adrift of safety, had much the better of the second half but could not find an equaliser, with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak rarely called into action.
Barca will be expected to stretch their advantage back to nine points against Getafe today, but it is now three wins in a row for Diego Simeone's men, who head into the first leg of Thursday's Europa League tie with Copenhagen with momentum.
Griezmann needed only 38 seconds to break the deadlock as he coolly lofted the ball over Roberto Jimenez at the near post after Saul's effort from outside the box had deflected into his path.