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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.


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