September 25, 2018 / 10:06 PM / in a month

Soccer-Atletico swat aside Huesca 3-0 with first-half goal blitz

MADRID, Sept 25 (Reuters) - First-half goals from Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Partey and Koke helped a resurgent Atletico Madrid secure a 3-0 home victory over Huesca on Tuesday.

Diego Simeone’s side were comfortable as they recorded a third consecutive win in all competitions, with all three goals coming in an opening 35-minute blitz.

The hosts, who rested Saul Niguez, Rodrigo and Juanfran ahead of this weekend’s derby against local rivals Real Madrid, lost defender Jose Maria Gimenez to injury in a dominant first-half performance.

Griezmann tapped in from close range after 16 minutes, before Partey’s powerful long-range effort doubled their lead on the half hour.

Less than five minutes later Koke scored a fortunate third as his lofted pass was missed by both team mate Angel Correa and the onrushing Huesca goalkeeper Axel Werner.

Atletico climbed into third place in La Liga behind Real and Barcelona, who both play on Wednesday, while Huesca drop to 18th and are without a win in five. (Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli Editing by Toby Davis)

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