Atletico Madrid 3-1 Mallorca: Simeone's side come from behind to win
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Mallorca: Diego Simeone’s side bounce back from loss to Barcelona as they come from behind to claim three points with goals from Rodrigo De Paul, Alvaro Morata and Yannick Carrasco
- Atletico Madrid came from behind to take a comfortable win against Mallorca
- Rodrigo De Paul, Alvaro Morata and Yannick Carrasco got on the scoresheet
- Atletico played in a blue and white strip to mark the club’s 120th anniversary
Atletico Madrid recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Mallorca 3-1, a result that put them two points behind their city rivals Real Madrid.
With seven games to play, third-placed Atletico climbed to 63 points, closing the gap to Real, who lost 4-2 at Girona on Tuesday.
Barcelona, top with 76 points, can extend their lead when they face Rayo Vallecano later on Wednesday.
Celebrating their 120th anniversary with a special blue and white kit, Atletico fell behind in the 19th minute after Mallorca defender Matija Nastasic scored with a header from a corner.
But Atletico recovered, netting twice within two minutes at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Mallorca 3-1 to go two points off second
Serbian defender Matija Nastasic opened the scoring for Mallorca after 20 minutes
Antoine Griezmann reacts with anguish on his face as Atletico looked to bag an equaliser
That equaliser came through Rodrigo De Paul at the perfect time just before the break
It took Atletico just two minutes in the second-half to take the lead thanks to a header from Alvaro Morata
Rodrigo de Paul scored in added time before the break with a close-range strike and right after halftime Alvaro Morata netted with a towering header from a perfect Nahuel Molina cross.
Yannick Carrasco wrapped up the points from a counter-attack in the 76th minute, collecting a brilliant long pass from Antoine Griezmann and dribbling around the goalkeeper before tapping into the empty goal.
Morata celebrates with his team mates as Atletico took control of their match with Mallorca
Mallorca’s Abdon Prats suffered a nasty blow to the head and substituted after 55 minutes
Yannick Carrasco secured the three points as he struck home for the hosts after 77 minutes
Atletico wore a special blue and white kit to celebrate the club’s 120th anniversary
Diego Simeone’s side bounced back from their 1-0 loss to Barcelona at the weekend with a win
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Grbic; Molina, Witsel, Gimenez, Hermoso; Carrasco, De Paul (Saul 63), Koke (Kondogbia 79), Lemar (Barrios 63); Griezmann, Morata (Correa 79)
Goals: De Paul 45+2, Morata 47, Carrasco 77
Mallorca (5-4-1): Rajkovic; Maffeo, Valjent, Nastasic (Sanchez 46), Copete, Costa; Rodriguez (Lee 56), Morlanes (Diedhiou 56), Baba, Angel; Abdon (Muriqi 55)
Goal: Nastasic 20
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