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Antoine Griezmann's early strike helps Atletico Madrid keep pressure on Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann struck after 39 seconds as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 1-0 on Saturday to provisionally close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to six points.

Diego Simeone's second-placed side went ahead almost instantly when Griezmann capitalised on Saul Niguez's deflected strike falling at his feet close to goal.

Jan Oblak saved a Roberto Rosales free kick in the second half as Atletico kept their opponents at bay to earn a narrow victory in typical fashion.

Malaga, glued to the bottom of the table, have picked up two points in their last eight games.

Earlier on Saturday, Alaves continued their good form under Abelardo, winning 2-1 at fifth-place Villarreal to move 16th, seven points above the relegation zone.








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