Felix leads Atletico to 3-0 win at Osasuna before Man U test

Sat, Feb 19, 2022
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Felix leads Atletico to 3-0 win at Osasuna before Man U test

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Joao Felix scored and assisted Luis Suarez in Atletico Madrid's 3-0 win at Osasuna in the Spanish league on Saturday, giving the struggling defending champions a boost before they face Manchester United.

Felix smashed in a poor clearance by Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera for the third-minute opener. Felix's pass in the 59th launched a counterattack that Suarez capped with an exquisite left-foot strike - from 40 yards out - over the head of Herrera, who was caught off his line.

Angel Correa rounded off the win in the 88th with his team-high 12th goal of the season.

Atletico's first away win in the league since late November came after an embarrassing home loss to bottom side Levante. The win in Pamplona saw Atletico move ahead of Barcelona into fourth place.

Man United - and former nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo - is the next test for Atletico when it visits Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Wednesday in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg.

Diego Simeone's Atletico needed a convincing win after its worst run of results since the Argentine coach took over the club and turned it into a winner a decade ago. Beyond the goals, Atletico finally showed the same defense that Simeone has made the foundation of its success by keeping its first clean sheet in eight games.

  • The 22-year-old Felix made his 100th appearance in all competitions for Atletico.

    Villarreal striker Arnaut Danjuma scored a hat trick to lead his team to a 4-1 win at Granada. Unai Emery's side also moved ahead of Barcelona and into fifth place.

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