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La Liga: Atletico Madrid breeze past Valencia to move to third

Real Madrid are second on 54 points, one behind surprise leaders Girona who have played one game more than their nearest rivals

Reuters Madrid Published 30.01.24, 08:04 AM
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Samuel Lino and Memphis Depay scored a goal in each half to give Atletico Madrid a comfortable 2-0 home win over Valencia on Sunday which moved Diego Simeone’s side to third in the La Liga standings.

Atletico could have won by a larger margin if it wasn’t for Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili who excelled for the visitors, making outstanding saves to deny Antoine Griezmann, Depay, Pablo Barrios and Reinildo Mandava and Nahuel Molina in the first half.

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The 23-year-old Georgian kept the game level until five minutes into first-half stoppage time, when Lino scored with a tidy low shot, making the most of a brilliant long pass by Griezmann.

The hosts kept dominating in the second half, Mamardashvili made another fine save to deny a Stefan Savic header in the 53rd minute. However, Atletico extended their lead four minutes later with a diving header by Depay from a Molina cross from the right wing.

With the win, Atletico moved to third in the standings on 44 points, level with Barcelona but ahead on goal difference.

Real Madrid are second on 54 points, one behind surprise leaders Girona who have played one game more than their nearest rivals.

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