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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Iván Alejo (67')
  • Thomas Lemar (14', 60')

Thomas Lemar bursts to life to help Atletico Madrid past Getafe

Thomas Lemar celebrates after scoring for Atletico Madrid against Getafe. Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Lemar produced an impressive performance as he scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid in their 2-0 win at Getafe that provisionally lifted them to fifth in La Liga on Saturday.

The France winger forced the opener, an own goal from goalkeeper David Soria, then grabbed the second as Diego Simeone's team got back on track after a stuttering start to the season during which they earned just five points from their first four games.

Lemar struck the crossbar with a powerful long-range effort and the ball bounced back hitting Soria and crossing the line to send Atletico ahead after 14 minutes.

The visitors struggled to create openings at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, but eventually Lemar put the finishing touch on a quick counter-attack after an hour to net his first goal since his close season move from Monaco.

Getafe winger Ivan Alejo was sent off for an apparent stamp just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, leaving Atletico to cruise to victory.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 15 +22 31
2 Sevilla FC 15 +11 28
3 Atletico Madrid 15 +11 28
4 Real Madrid 15 +4 26
5 Alavés 15 +1 24
6 Levante 15 +2 22
7 Real Betis 15 -1 22
8 Getafe 15 +4 21
9 Girona 15 0 21
10 Espanyol 15 -3 21
11 Celta Vigo 15 +4 20
12 Real Valladolid 15 -2 20
13 Real Sociedad 15 0 19
14 Eibar 15 -4 19
15 Valencia 15 0 18
16 Leganes 15 -4 17
17 Villarreal 15 -4 14
18 Athletic Bilbao 15 -8 14
19 Rayo Vallecano 15 -15 10
20 Huesca 15 -18 7