Antoine Griezmann scores as Atlético Madrid defeats Valencia

Substitute Antoine Griezmann scored the sport’s solely purpose halfway via the second half when his deflected shot bobbled previous Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili.

Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco each had probabilities to increase Atlético’s lead late within the sport, however their efforts had been nicely saved by Mamardashvili.

The end result leaves Atleti sixth in La Liga, three factors behind chief Actual Madrid having suffered a 2-0 dwelling defeat towards Villarreal within the second spherical of video games.

An eventful first half noticed a number of VAR interventions — first when Valencia’s American midfielder Yunus Musah had a purpose dominated out following a foul on Joao Félix within the buildup, then when a purple card for Thierry Correia was downgraded to a yellow.

Atlético additionally had probabilities within the first half when Valencia gave away the ball on the again, however Álvaro Morata and Félix each noticed their pictures saved by Mamardashvili.

The arrival of Griezmann and Thomas Lemar within the second half, nonetheless, swung the sport in Atlético’s favor, and it was Lemar’s surging run and go that arrange the profitable purpose.

Valencia is now 14th in La Liga having not received since its opening sport of the season towards Girona, however Gennaro Gattuso’s facet will likely be bolstered by the arrival of Edinson Cavani, who watched on from the stands throughout Monday’s defeat.

The Uruguayan worldwide joins Valencia till June 2024 having left Manchester United final season.

After stints at Palermo, Napoli, and Paris Saint-Germain, this would be the first time the 35-year-old Cavani has performed membership soccer in Spain.

“I think my coaching staff and medical staff have to work well because he is a player who has only trained alone for the last three months,” Gattuso advised reporters after the defeat.

“We have to coach him well. He has come to help, but we have to help him with his play and organization.”