Atletico Madrid kept the momentum going from their win against rival Real Madrid by beating Osasuna 2-0 in La Liga on Thursday.
Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Riquelme scored a goal in each half for Atletico, who are in fifth place.
Atletico beat rivals Madrid 3-1 at home on Sunday, with Griezmann scoring one of the goals for Diego Simeone’s team. “It was important not to get caught up with what happened against Real Madrid and to come here to win,” Griezmann said. “We are improving and we have to keep working to keep improving.”
Atletico have a game in hand after their match against Sevilla earlier this month was postponed because of storms in Madrid.
Griezmann opened the scoring with a shot from a tight angle in the 20th minute, and Riquelme sealed the victory in a breakaway in the 81st, not long after Osasuna had a goal disallowed because of a controversial foul on a defender inside the area in the 75th. Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate was sent off for complaining about the referee’s decision.
Both teams played with 10 men from the 85th after Osasuna’s Chimy Ávila and Atletico’s Álvaro Morata were sent off following an altercation between them. Spanish media said the two continued arguing with each other heatedly on their way to the locker rooms at El Sadar Stadium.
Roma woes continue
AS Roma’s problems increased on Thursday as they were humiliated 4-1 at promoted Genoa in Serie A.
Mateo Retegui scored again for Genoa and there were also goals for Albert Guðmundsson, Morten Thorsby and Junior Messias in the team’s first home win of the season. Bryan Cristante scored Roma’s sole goal and Jose Mourinho’s side has just one win in their opening six league matches to leave them at 16th spot on the table with just five points. Genoa have two points more after their first home win of the season.
Roma had a poor start to the season but had thought they had turned things around with a 7-0 win over Empoli, although they followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Torino.