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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Lucas Hernández (31')
  • Santiago Arias (52')
  • Koke (71')

Atletico Madrid bounce back with easy win over Huesca in La Liga

Atletico Madrid eased the pain of their midweek Copa del Rey exit to Girona by strolling to a 3-0 win at basement club Huesca on Saturday, moving to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

France defender Lucas Hernandez scored in his first league appearance for over a month, and the first since reports of a possible move to Bayern Munich appeared, to put Atletico ahead in thick fog at Huesca's El Alcoraz stadium in the 31st minute.

Bottom-of-the-table Huesca had come close to opening the scoring when Jorge Pulido struck the post with a bicycle kick. However, Atletico tightened their grip on the game early in the second half as Colombian right back Santiago Arias volleyed in a chipped pass from Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann came close to netting for the seventh game in a row when he headed against the crossbar, but his team mate Koke pounced on the rebound to match the 3-0 scoreline Atletico won by when the two teams met earlier in the season.

Atletico are second in the standings on 41 points, two behind leaders Barcelona who host Leganes on Sunday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 20 +27 43
2 Real Madrid 20 +25 43
3 Atletico Madrid 20 +8 35
4 Sevilla FC 20 +5 35
5 Getafe 20 +9 33
6 Real Sociedad 20 +5 31
7 Valencia 20 +1 31
8 Athletic Bilbao 20 +7 30
9 Villarreal 20 +6 28
10 Granada 20 -1 27
11 Real Betis 20 -3 27
12 Levante 20 -4 26
13 Osasuna 20 +1 25
14 Alavés 20 -8 23
15 Real Valladolid 20 -6 22
16 Eibar 20 -9 22
17 Mallorca 20 -12 18
18 Celta Vigo 20 -13 16
19 Leganes 20 -17 14
20 Espanyol 20 -21 14