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Atlético Madrid top La Liga after comfortable win over Getafe

Atlético Madrid’s in-form striker Antoine Griezmann struck twice to earn a comfortable 2-0 derby victory over their toothless visitors, Getafe, that took his side top of La Liga.

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Antoine Greizmann opened the scoring for Atlético Madrid in the fifth minute. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The France striker, who is developing into a talisman for Atlético, scored at the start of the first half and at the end of the second after a competent display by the home side.

Atlético have 12 points from five games having only dropped points against Barcelona, who have a 100% record from four games so far and face Celta Vigo away on Wednesday when Real Madrid, with 10 points from four matches, visit Athletic Bilbao.

Atlético controlled the game, having started by pinning Getafe back, but they eased off for long spells against a side incapable of putting them under sustained pressure. Griezmann scored after four minutes with a volley from six metres and wrapped up the win with another close-range finish from a Jackson Martínez pass in the final minute.

Valencia’s dismal start to the season continued as they lost 1-0 at Espanyol, with Víctor Álvarez scoring in the first half. They are eighth with six points after one win and three draws.

There was better news for Real Sociedad, whose 3-0 win at Granada may have relieved some of the early-season pressure on their manager, David Moyes. It was their first win of the season and came five days before Sunday’s derby against Athletic Bilbao. –the guardian-


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