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.
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.