Atletico cruise, Las Palmas hold on for victory

Atletico Madrid ran riot at home to Sporting Gijon in Saturday’s La Liga action, while Las Palmas collected all three points in a narrow win against Malaga.

Atletico Madrid were in a dominant mood as they put five past Sporting Gijon without reply, Antoine Griezmann netting in the second and 31st minutes; his first a simple finish after being set through on goal by Kevin Gameiro before a sublime shot into the top corner after racing through the centre of the park.

Gameiro had also found the back of the net with a curled finish, on five minutes, as he latched onto a Filipe Luis delivery. Substitute Fernando Torres then added a fourth with 72 minutes played with a near post finish before bagging a second from the penalty spot a minute into stoppage time after Lillo Castellano had fouled Nicolas Gaitan.

Elsewhere, Luciano Vietto got Sevilla up an running with a 27th minute goal in their clash with Eibar before Pedro Leon secured a point for his side when he scored just after the hour mark.

And Momo was on target for Las Palmas from the penalty spot on 10 minutes to secure a 1-0 win for his side over Malaga.

Barcelona, meanwhile, kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 5-1 thrashing of newly-promoted Leganes.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barca after just 15 minutes after latching onto a pinpoint Luis Suarez cross from the right-hand side. The Uruguayan was next to find the target, after half an hour, as he slotted home at the back post after an audacious run and pass from Messi.

Not one to feel left out, Neymar was on the mark a minute before the break as he tapped home another superb pass from Suarez. Messi bagged his second from the penalty spot with 54 minutes played, into the top right-hand corner of the net, after Bustinza upended Neymar in the box.

Rafinha added a beautiful fifth for Barcelona on 64 minutes with a phenomenal strike into the top-left corner of the net after cutting inside onto his left foot, before Gabriel scored Leganes' first ever goal against Barcelona with 10 minutes of the match remaining from a superb free-kick that left Ter Stegen stranded.


Leganes 1-5 Barcelona
Atletico Madrid 5-0 Sporting Gijon
Eibar 1-1 Sevilla
Las Palmas 1-0 Malaga