La Liga roundup: Griezmann shines in Barcelona’s 5-2 drubbing of Betis
Wins from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid highlight La Liga’s Sunday action.
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Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis
Antoine Griezmann’s Camp Nou debut was one for the books.
With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez sidelined with injuries, the floor was all Griezmann’s. He didn’t disappoint.
Down 1-0, Griezmann, sneaking past his markers inside the box, acrobatically tapped a lofting ball from Sergi Roberto into the back of the net.
The best was yet to come, however.
In the second half, as Barcelona pinned Real Betis back in their defensive third, the Frenchman’s magic came to life.
Soon after, the floodgates opened - Barcelona’s skill effortlessly began to pick apart a weaker Betis side. Just 30 minutes after the 28-year-old’s second goal, Ernesto Valverde’s side posed a 5-1 lead.
Loren Moron’s superb strike gave Betis a second, but the defending champions had already done the damage behind goals from Carles Perez, Jordi Alba, Arturo Vidal and Griezmann.
With Sunday’s performance in mind, how will Barcelona function with Messi, Suarez and Griezmann spearheading the attack?
Osasuna may soon find that out firsthand as they host the Catalonians next. Elsewhere, looking for their first points of the season, Betis host Leganes.
Leganes 0-1 Atletico Madrid
With a goal in the 70th minute, Vitolo played the unlikely hero for Atletico Madrid in their 1-0 win over Leganes.
Following a smooth lay-off from Joao Felix, the 29-year-old calmly slotted the ball past Juan Soriano, ten minutes after replacing Mario Hermoso.
The goal certainly meant a lot to Vitolo and Atletico Madrid, who along with Sevilla, are one of two teams to start the season with six points after two matchweeks.
Although not entirely dominant throughout the course of the match, the home side was inches from stripping two points from Los Colchoneros with Jonathan Silva’s free-kick hitting the crossbar.
Despite having a pair of clear-cut opportunities on Sunday, Atletico’s $142 million summer signing is yet to celebrate his first La Liga goal. Alvaro Morata, too, is waiting to catch fire.
With Atletico hosting an underperforming Eibar next, the narrative that Simeone’s side is lacking efficiency in the attack can soon fall flat. On the other hand, no points to their name, will look to exploit a confidence-battered Real Betis.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Alaves 0-0 Espanyol
RCD Mallorca 0-1 Real Sociedad