February 10, 2018 / 5:20 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Griezmann's early strike helps Atletico keep pressure on Barca

BARCELONA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Antoine Griezmann struck after 39 seconds as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 1-0 on Saturday to provisionally close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to six points.

Diego Simeone’s second-placed side went ahead almost instantly when Griezmann capitalised on Saul Niguez’s deflected strike falling at his feet close to goal.

Jan Oblak saved a Roberto Rosales free kick in the second half as Atletico kept their opponents at bay to earn a narrow victory in typical fashion.

Malaga, glued to the bottom of the table, have picked up two points in their last eight games. (Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Ed Osmond)

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