Atletico have reached a deal with Barcelona to keep Antoine Griezmann

La Liga round: Griezmann scores straight from corner in Atletico win

MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored twice, including directly from a corner kick, to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 win over Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Griezmann opened the scoring in the 54th minute with a left-foot corner that curled across the goalmouth and went in after beating a defender on the goal line.

“I told the referee that I was going to miss an Olimpico goal,” Griezmann said. “I tried to move it hard, curl up, and be a little bit happy.”

The France striker added to the lead from inside the area in the 71st for his third goal in his last three games with Atletico.

Griezmann has been starting a lot since Atletico and Barcelona reached an agreement for his full transfer.

Betis, who have won just one of their last five league matches, scored their only goal in the 84th with a free kick by Nabil Fekir. The hosts almost equalized in stoppage time with a close-range header from Alex Moreno that hit the crossbar. Betis had a goal disallowed for offside early in the second half.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side entered this season unbeaten at home in the league.

Atletico are struggling in the Champions League, but have won four of their last five games in the Spanish league. It was a 1-1 draw at home against Rayo Vallecano, when it was conceded at half-time.

It sits in third place, two points behind second-placed Barcelona, ​​who host Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday. Atletico are eight points behind league leaders Real Madrid, who beat Sevilla 3-1 on Saturday.

Bates finished fifth.

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Last-placed Elche remained the only winning team in the league after a 2-2 draw with Espanyol.

Elche took the lead through Pierre Milla in the 11th before the hosts got on the board with goals from Javi Puado in the 24th and Martin Braithwaite in the 67th. Gonzalo Casido Verdo equalized for Elche in the 82nd.

It was the second draw in three games for Elche, who lost 3-0 at home to Real Madrid. They have lost seven of their 11 games.

Espanyol, with two wins, was in 13th place.

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