Atletico Madrid recapture top spot

Atletico Madrid recapture top spot

Griezmann, Carrasco strike in 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo

Atletico Madrid recapture top spot

Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco each conjured moments of magic as Atletico Madrid recaptured top spot in La Liga from Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Chances were scarce on a heavy Balaidos stadium pitch sodden with rain but Griezmann and Carrasco both scored excellent goals to lift Atletico two points clear of Barcelona.

Luis Enrique's champions won 4-0 at home to Granada on Saturday and have a game in hand over their main rivals, at the halfway stage of the season.

Griezmann sent Luciano Vietto clear on the left four minutes into the second half and raced into the penalty area to sidefoot the Argentine's low centre past stranded Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez, the France forward's 10th goal of the campaign.

With fifth-placed Celta pressing for an equaliser, substitute Carrasco, a Belgium international, picked up a loose ball 10 minutes from time and galloped forward before cracking a shot high into the net.

Atletico, who have conceded a mere eight goals, have 44 points from 19 matches, with Barca on 42 from 18 games.

Real Madrid are two points further back in third after they hammered Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday in Zinedine Zidane's debut as coach.

"We knew it would be a tough game as Celta play the ball around well," Griezmann told Spanish television.

"But we were strong at the back and we know that when we have chances up front we can score at any moment," he added.

"At the back and in attack we are doing things well and we have to keep it going."