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Antoine Griezmann fires Atletico Madrid to win at new stadium Featured

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:52

Atletico Madrid celebrated the inauguration of their new stadium with a 1-0 win over Malaga, Antoine Griezmann's 60th-minute goal delighting the sell-out Wanda Metropolitano.

At the Metropolitano, an opening ceremony involving parachutists and reminders of Atletico's history and previous homes, including the Vicente Calderon, gave way to a tight match.
Bottom-of-the-table Malaga held their own but eventually Atletico's pressure told, with Angel Correa beating his man on the right and crossing for Griezmann to fire home from close range.

The result moves Atleti up to third on eight points, behind Real Sociedad in second, with Barcelona top with four wins from win.
Champions Real Madrid, who are lying 11th, travel to second-placed Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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