Simeone relieved with Atleti win

Simeone relieved with Atleti win

The woodwork came to Atletico's rescue eight minutes later when Aspas rattled the crossbar from a free-kick.

Between the international break, the games against Leganes, Barcelona and Qarabag [in the Champions League], it was a long wait for a win.

Oblak ensured Los Rojiblancos left Balaídos with three points after he pulled off a fine stop to keep out Hugo Mallo's curling effort as the score remained 1-0 at the full-time whistle.

"He is very excited because it's been a while without playing, with all that enthusiasm and his importance as a player, he will be an important midfielder as soon as I put him in the field".

Victory for Atletico extends their unbeaten streak in away matches to 17 and lifts them up to third place in the league standings, two points in front of Real Madrid who host Eibar later today. "He is doing better with every game and we are looking forward to the future".

The Argentinian could even make his return against his former club Celta this weekend, though Koke is expected to miss out.

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The only goal of the game arrived just before the half-hour mark, as Kevin Gameiro turned the ball home from close range after a corner was not dealt with.

Griezmann nodded narrowly wide at the end of a rare Atleti attack, but another siege on Oblak's goal then saw substitute John Guidetti drill into the sidenetting.

"We also had chances ourselves - like when [Celta goalkeeper] Sergio saved from [Antoine] Griezmann".

Earlier, Villarreal's revival under new coach Javier Calleja continued with a 4-0 thrashing of Las Palmas. "It leaves us in a good moment".

Mario Gaspar drove in the second from the edge of the area and then provided the cross which Ximo Navarro turned into his own net before Nicola Sansone added a fourth in stoppage time.