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Atletico Madrid easily beat Levante

Atletico Madrid kept up the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 3-0 victory over Levante in Sunday’s clash at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Los Colchoneros took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Vitolo embarked on a run into the opposition half before rolling the ball to the feet of Angel Correa.

The winger took a touch to turn inside and beat his marker before firing low into the far corner of the net for a well-deserved opener.

Atleti then had a penalty call turned down on 41 minutes after Antoine Griezmann went to ground under a challenge by goalkeeper Oier Olazabal, with the France forward instead being shown a yellow card for simulation.

Griezmann made amends early in the second half by grabbing Atleti’s second goal, rifling a half-volley in at the near post from the penalty spot after Sime Vrsaljko whipped a first-time cross towards his unmarked teammate.

Fernando Torres came on for Griezmann in the 58th minute and went on to get on the scoresheet midway through the half, expertly volleying into the left corner and well beyond the reach of Olazabal from Correa’s delivery.

Levante could not muster up a response, their tentative forays being repeatedly repelled by La Liga’s most miserly defence, and the final whistle would confirm a straightforward three points for Diego Simeone’s charges.

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