Atlético Madrid recorded their biggest ever away win on Monday night when they beat Rayo Vallecano 7-0 in La Liga.
First-half goals from Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay and Nahuel Molina saw Diego Simeone’s side take a comfortable lead into the break.
In the space of 13 second-half minutes, Atlético found the back of the net four times. Substitute Álvaro Morata netted a brace, and Ángel Correa and Marcos Llorente also got on the score sheet late on as Rayo slumped to their first defeat of the season.
With the 7-0 thrashing, Atlético move into second place in the table, two points behind cross-city rivals Real Madrid with three games played.
The victory was only the second time Atlético have scored seven in a La Liga match in the 21st century. They beat Getafe by the same scoreline in 2013.
Antoine Griezmann on 7-0 victory
“We played very well and worked with a lot of intensity. That early goal gave us the confidence to be calmer on the ball,” Antoine Griezmann said post-match.
“On a personal level, I wasn’t good in the first two games and the truth is that I felt very good today.”
Óscar Valentín on defeat
“There are few words to describe what we saw on the pitch. There’s nothing we can do but lift our heads and keep going. They were far superior today.”
Elsewhere in La Liga on Monday night, Getafe beat Alavés 1-0 at home thanks to a penalty from Spanish striker Borja Mayoral in the 84th minute. Samu Omorodion came off the bench in the second half to make his Alavés debut after completing a loan move from Atlético Madrid on Saturday.
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