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Cadiz 1-4 Atletico Madrid: Second-half rout keeps the pressure on Los Blancos

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 28 Nov 2021

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Atletico Madrid kept the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga with a routine 4-1 rout of struggling Cadiz.

Diego Simeone’s team lost to Milan in midweek but made it seven games unbeaten in LaLiga thanks to second-half goals from Thomas Lemar, Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Matheus Cunha.

Atleti’s goals were rare moments of quality in a match previously lacking much invention, with Lemar heading home from close range in the 56th minute before Griezmann drilled in from Marcos Llorente’s cross.

A slick team move saw Lemar’s replacement Correa net a third, with Cunha doubling his tally of league goals for the season after Jan Oblak’s own goal gave Cadiz a consolation.

Heading into Sunday’s encounter aiming to end a 12-match winless streak against Atleti in LaLiga, Cadiz very nearly had the lead inside the opening minute, but Llorente denied Ruben Sobrino a tap-in.

Atleti lost Jose Gimenez to injury and Alfonso Espino dragged wide prior to the break, with Cadiz starting the second half brightly.

But it was Atleti who struck first – Lemar getting above his marker to nod in from Yannick Carrasco’s inviting left-wing cross, his first headed goal in Europe’s top-five leagues.

Carrasco and Lemar combined again six minutes later, only for the latter’s heavy touch giving Ledesma chance to smother the shot.

Where Lemar’s first touch let him down, Griezmann showed no such lack of quality, sweeping in from Llorente’s cut-back after neat interplay down the right flank.

Atleti’s first league away win in four attempts was sealed in the 76th minute, Correa combining with fellow substitute Cunha to fire in.

Anthony Lozano’s deflected cross bizarrely looped in over the bemused Oblak, though Cunha raced through to restore the three-goal cushion straight from kick-off.

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