Angel Correa and Marcos Llorente registered a brace each as Atletico Madrid destroyed basement side Eibar to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to four points.
Atleti were without the injured Luis Suarez and Joao Felix and in their absence, the hosts really struggled to create chances for the majority of the opening period.
But after an anxious 41 minutes, Correa stepped up to score twice in two minutes before the interval to set Diego Simeone’s side on their way. The 26-year-old was left unmarked from Kieran Trippier’s corner delivery to slot home unmarked at the near post to break the deadlock, before grabbing his double after a lovely turn and composed finish from Yannick Carrasco’s cross.
Two more goals seven minutes after the restart put the tie to bed as the floodgates opened. Eibar’s defence was caught square as Saul’s long ball over the top released Carrasco who knocked it past the onrushing goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net. Llorente got on the scoresheet moments later with a first-time finish as goalscorer Correa turned provider.
Carrasco was involved again as the hosts made it five with more 20 minutes still remaining, the Belgian pulling the ball back to Llorente whose shot nestled in the far corner for his 12th league goal this season.
And that wrapped up a morale-boosting triumph for Atletico Madrid, who move to 70 points, four above Real Madrid ahead of Los Blancos’ away game to Getafe later on Sunday.
Source: Modern Ghana