Atletico Madrid 3-1 Villarreal: Atleti return to La Liga top four

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Villarreal: Diego Simeone’s men return to La Liga top four as record signing Joao Felix ends league goal drought

  • Atletico Madrid eased past Villarreal with a 3-1 home win in La Liga on Sunday
  • Record signing Joao Felix registered his first league goal for almost five months 
  • Atleti have had a fine week after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League
  • The win took Diego Simeone’s side level with fourth-placed Sevilla on 43 points

Atletico Madrid record signing Joao Felix scored for the first time in the league for almost five months as his side beat Villarreal 3-1 at home on Sunday to climb back into the top-four in La Liga.

The 20-year-old, who Atletico signed from Benfica for 126 million euros last year, had missed most of the last month through injury but came off the bench to score his side’s third goal after Paco Alcacer had given Villarreal an early lead.

Argentine forward Angel Correa pulled Atletico level shortly before halftime and captain Koke put them in front in the 64th minute.

Joao Felix gets on the scoresheet as Atletico Madrid came from behind to win against Villarreal

The club’s record signing (left) takes the plaudits from teammates after ending a goal drought

Substitute Felix rubber-stamped the win with a low shot from just outside the area 10 minutes later.

The win followed Atletico’s impressive 1-0 victory at home to Champions League holders Liverpool in Tuesday’s last-16 first leg.

Diego Simeone’s side moved into third in the standings, level with fourth-placed Sevilla on 43 points after 25 games. 

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