Atletico Madrid earn comfortable La Liga win at struggling Huesca

Written by on January 20, 2019

Atletico Madrid eased the pain of their midweek Copa del Rey exit to Girona by strolling to a 3-0 win at basement club Huesca on Saturday.

The win helped the second-placed side move to within two points of La Liga leaders FC Barcelona.

France defender Lucas Hernandez scored in his first league appearance for over a month, to open scoring.

It is also the first since reports of a possible move to Bayern Munich appeared.

The goal nonetheless put Atletico Madrid ahead in thick fog at Huesca’s El Alcoraz stadium in the 31st minute.

Bottom-of-the-table Huesca had come close to opening the scoring when Jorge Pulido struck the post with a bicycle kick.

However, Atletico tightened their grip on the game early in the second half as Colombian right back Santiago Arias volleyed in a chipped pass from Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann came close to netting for the seventh game in a row when he headed against the crossbar.

His team mate Koke pounced on the rebound to match the 3-0 scoreline Atletico Madrid won with when the two teams met earlier in the season.

Atletico Madrid are second in the standings on 41 points, two behind leaders FC Barcelona who host Leganes on Sunday.

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