La Liga round-up: Atletico Madrid cruise to win over Levante

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone described Fernando Torres as an "icon" after he scored his 100th La Liga goal in the routine 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday.

"Today I can be happy with a job well done", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday's last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.

Torres, who returned to Atletico in 2015 on an initial loan deal, has been waiting for his landmark La Liga goal since hitting the net against Las Palmas in January.

The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and announced recently he was to leave Madrid for the second time in his career.

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Despite the victory Atletico remain 11 points behind Barcelona, meaning the Europa League is Torres' last realistic hope of leaving the club with silverware.

After scoring his first Real goal in nine appearances against his former club, Isco held his hands up apologetically, and he enjoyed a warm reception from the Malaga fans when substituted in the second half.

The result also guarantees Atletico a place in the Champions League for a sixth consecutive season. "We will try to get closer to them and if we can't get closer, we will congratulate them". It promises to be a long farewell. But the visitors' resistance was broken in the 33rd minute when Vitolo weaved inside to the edge of the penalty area and slipped the ball left to Correa.

Frustrated at the end of the first half, Griezmann was all smiles early in the second when he thumped home Vrsaljko's cut-back ball from the right, the Croatian full-back cushioning the ball perfectly into the path of his team-mate's advancing run. The touch, however, was not only faint, but engineered by Griezmann's dragging right foot, and the Frenchman was booked for diving.

Griezmann was replaced shortly after by Torres, who volleyed in a pass by Correa in the 77th to the delight of fans at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

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