Osasuna 0-5 Atletico Madrid: Visitors run riot to boost hopes of earning a Champions League spot as Osasuna slump to third home defeat in four in La Liga
- Atletico Madrid cruised to a comfortable win at Osasuna in La Liga on Tuesday
- Joao Felix scored twice to put their visitors on their way to a resounding victory
- Marcos Llorente, Alvaro Morata and Yannick Carrasco added to the demolition
- Madrid have fourth place in their sights while Osasuna remain firmly in midtable
Atletico Madrid hammered Osasuna 5-0 away from home in La Liga on Wednesday to secure their biggest win of the season and give a huge boost to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
Atleti’s record signing Joao Felix put the visiting side ahead by arriving in the box and drilling the loose ball into the top corner in the 27th minute, scoring again soon after the re-start by nudging home a fine pass from Diego Costa.
Two-goal striker Joao Felix (left) celebrates as Atletico Madrid demolish Osasuna 4-0 in La Liga
The victory took Diego Simeone’s side into fourth place in the standings on 49 points after 29 games, two ahead of fifth-placed Real Sociedad who visit Alaves on Thursday. Osasuna are 11th on 35.
‘We have a brilliant squad and if we can keep performing like we did today we can go as far as we want to,’ said the Atletico coach.
Atletico had a subdued return to action after Spanish football’s three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic by drawing 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao.
Alvaro Morata was on the scoresheet in a win that encouraged Atletico boss Diego SImeone
But against Osasuna they produced a defiant response and after edging a difficult first half showed no mercy in the second, obliterating their previous best tally of two goals in any away game this campaign.
Felix and Costa did most of the heavy lifting in attack to break down a rigid Osasuna but Simeone will be equally pleased with the attitude of his substitutes.
The striker had an evening to remember as his late effort was awarded following a VAR check
Llorente showed nimble feet to dance past three defenders to score a third goal in his last three outings, after netting twice to knock Liverpool out of the Champions League in March.
The midfielder played a cross-field ball to Morata who was initially ruled offside after slotting home but the goal was awarded after a VAR review.
Carrasco, another substitute, chased down an Osasuna defender to play in Llorente, who passed back for the Belgian to score his first goal since returning to Atletico from Chinese club Dalian Yifang.