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Diego Simeone gives substitutes credit for inspring Atletico's win

Diego Simeone says he won't stop Antoine Griezmann leaving Atletico Madrid should an opportunity at another club arise.

Diego Simeone credited his substitutes for providing the spark that allowed Atletico Madrid to edge Alaves 1-0 on Saturday.

Fernando Torres, one of those subs, scored the only goal -- his first in La Liga this season -- with five minutes of entering the game, on a night when chances were hard to come by against a team in the relegation zone.

But Simeone said it was always clear who deserved to win, saying: "We didn't have many chances to win the match, but were always in charge.

"The entry of [Angel]...

Sime Vrsaljko 8/10, Fernando Torres 7/10 in Atletico Madrid win

Atletico Madrid quietly won their fourth straight and moved into second in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid quietly won their fourth straight and moved into second in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid ground out yet another 1-0 victory at home to Alaves on Saturday night to quietly move into second place in La Liga.

In what at best can be described as a dull first half, neither side played much football with the bitterly cold temperatures in the Spanish capital not helping things on -- or off, with the fans doing their best not to freeze -- the pitch.

Yet Atleti, as they so often do, found a way. Alaves were resilient, but substitute Fernando Torres netted his first La Liga...

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Fernando Torres lifts Atletico into second place after Valencia fall

Fernando Torres picked an opportune time to get off the mark in the league for Atletico.
Fernando Torres guided Atletico Madrid to a win over Alaves.

Fernando Torres scored the only goal of a 1-0 victory over Alaves as Atletico Madrid took advantage of Valencia's slip-up to go second in La Liga on Sautrday.

Atletico dominated possession but struggled to turn that into clear-cut chances against lowly Alaves, who held out until the 74th minute.

Then Torres tucked away Sime Vrsaljko's cross to lift Atletico into second place, three points behind Barcelona, who play Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Atletico are now two points above Valencia, whose...

Fernando Torres' goal carries Atletico Madrid into second place

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Fernando Torres' first goal in La Liga this season gave Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 1-0 win over Alaves on Saturday and lifted the club into second place behind Barcelona.

Torres broke the deadlock five minutes after coming on in the 69th minute with Atletico's attack stifled by Alaves' well-positioned defense.

Torres made his run forward in sync with Sime Vrsaljko's cross from the right flank before sliding to redirect the ball home with his left foot.

At 33 years old, Torres has had to settle...