Atletico Madrid have responded from back to back defeats in the league with a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Osasuna with goals from Godin and Gamiero in the first half, with Carrasco adding a third late on.
Atletico should have been in front inside two minutes when Griezmann broke down the left and played the ball nicely to the front post where Gamiero was waiting but he turned the ball wide of the mark.
Ten minutes later Osasuna were awarded a penalty after Gimenez clumsily bundled over Oriol Riera in the box as a cross came in from the right. Roberto Torres stepped up and but it was an easy save for Oblak low down to his right as the strike lacked power and placement.
This gave Atletico a lift and they were starting to play the ball around nicely and their first chance came in the 20th minute, when a Koke corner was met by Gimenez right in front of goal but his header was straight at the Osasuna goalkeeper Perez.
The game became very scrappy in midfield with both sides struggling to get hold of the ball for any significant period, but Osasuna did match Ateltico in the opening third of this game and were creating chances but quality in the final third was letting them down.
Then Angel Correa had the chance to ease the nerves of Atletico as Griezmann picked up the ball in the centre and drove forward before releasing Correa bearing down on goal but he failed to beat the un-rushing Perez.
You could sense an Atletico goal was coming as they were starting to apply more pressure on the Osasuna defence, and sooner or later it did come. Very similar to the earlier chance for Gimenez, Koke with a corner on the left and he whipped it in and there was Diego Godin to head home to give the visitors a deserved lead.
Less than 90 seconds later Simeone’s men doubled their lead as they won the ball in midfield and the ball broke for Correa who lifted the ball over the defence for Gamiero to run onto and with only Perez to beat and he calmly slotted past the keeper into the far left corner.
That goal really kicked the stuffing out of Osasuna and they struggled to get on the ball again in the first half, with Atletico dominating the rest of the half and you felt that it was going to be a long second half for the home side.
Osasuna made two attacking changes early in the second half to try and force the issue but both sides failed to create anything in the first 20 minutes of the second period. Osasuna were seeing a lot more of the ball in this half compared to the first but were finding it difficult to get past the reliable defence of the away team.
It took until the 67th minute for anything notable to happen and it was a chance for Atletico to kill the game off, as Juanfran was played in down the right and he got to the by-line and fizzed in a cross which went right across the face of goal but nobody was there for an easy tap in, Tiago then picked up the loose ball and again played it across goal and Oier was there to block on the line, replays later showed that Oier actually scooped the ball away with his arm, but the incident went unseen by the referee.
With the game coming to a close and Ateltico comfortably seeing out the victory, substitute Carrasco finally got Ateltico’s third after Unai Garcia gave the ball away in his own half and the Belgian nicked in and easily slotted under Perez to make it 3-0.