Atletico Madrid earned a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Levante on Sunday to take the club back to within 11 points of runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Angel Correa lashed in the opening goal in the 33rd minute after a bursting run into the box by Spain forward Vitolo and Antoine Griezmann buried the ball in the top corner to score three minutes after halftime and double Atletico’s lead.
Fernando Torres was given a rousing reception when he came off the bench to replace Griezmann in the second half, making his first appearance at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium since announcing he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Antoine Griezmann scored Atletico Madrid’s second goal with a superb strike
The veteran striker got an even bigger cheer when he met Correa’s cross on the volley to score the third in the 77th, his 100th goal in La Liga.
Atletico are second in the standings on 71 points, 11 behind Barca and seven ahead of Real Madrid.
Elsewhere in Spain on Sunday, John Guidetti’s early goal gave Alaves a 1-0 win at Eibar, lifting them up to 15th in La Liga.
Getafe were 1-0 winners over Espanyol as they moved up to 10th; Damian Suarez hit the winner on 53 minutes, but Getafe had former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini sent off shortly after for two quick-fire yellows.