Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann downs Deportivo La Coruna

The France worldwide has established himself as one of Europe's finest forwards over the past two years since leaving Real Sociedad for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014, and scored the only goal of the game as Atleti moved up to third in La Liga with a 1-0 win over Deportivo on Sunday night.

The hosts were the brighter side, but Deportivo proved a bit hard to break down, until their midfielder was sent-off on the stroke of half-time.

Antoine Griezmann scored his fifth goal of the season from close range 20 minutes from fulltime.

French striker Antoine Griezmann has pledged his allegiance to Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone amid speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester United next summer.

"It took us time to get into the rhythm that was needed".

The hosts lost midfielder Augusto Fernandez and defender Jose Gimenez to leg injuries in the first half.

"I wear long sleeves when I play because of Beckham, he did as well and he is my idol", he told Onda Cero.

Simeone hinted that his 5-year spell in charge at Atletico may be at an end after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid with rumours circulating that he would take over at PSG before later declaring that he would not be leaving the Calderon.

The decision proved key to getting the victor, as Gameiro used his speed to break free down the right side before finding Griezmann with his low pass.

"We played an intelligent first half, but after the sending off of Faycal Fajr we couldn't continue with the same plan", Lux said.

It was Deportivo's fifth straight round without a win.

Alexander Szymanowski headed the hosts into the lead, but Nani levelled with his first Valencia goal 10 minutes before half-time.

Valencia continued its rebound under interim coach Salvador "Voro" Gonzalez with a second straight win after the club was in last place under former manager Pako Ayestaran.

This is the third time Voro, a long-time club employee, has acted as caretaker coach for Valencia as the club searches for a permanent replacement for Ayestaran.



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