BARCELONA, España (AP) — El colombiano Radamel Falcao recuperó su olfato goleador este domingo en la liga española, al anotar dos tantos en la goleada del Atlético de Madrid por 5-0 sobre el Granada por la 31ra fecha del campeonato.

Los tres puntos igualaron provisionalmente al equipo entrenado por el argentino Diego Simeone con el Real Madrid, que cierra la jornada en cancha del Athletic de Bilbao.

Ambos conjuntos suman actualmente 65 unidades, a 13 de distancia del líder Barcelona, que juega a continuación en Zaragoza.

Falcao, quien solo había anotado un tanto en sus últimos cinco partidos, marcó a los 27 y 47 minutos para ampliar un marcador que había inaugurado Diego Costa a los cuatro y solidificar el segundo triunfo del Atlético en sus últimos seis cotejos. Raúl García (63) y Filipe Luis (70), castigaron aún más al Granada, que podría verse relegado al descenso al término de la jornada en caso de victoria del Zaragoza.

Otro doblete de Imanol Agirretxe en el partido matinal mantuvo viento en popa el buen navegar de la Real Sociedad, propiciando un nuevo triunfo, 2-0, en cancha del Rayo Vallecano que asentó al equipo blanquiazul en los puestos que dan opción a jugar la próxima Liga de Campeones.

Agirretxe marcó a los seis y 14 minutos, fulminando al Rayo, que vio considerablemente mermadas sus propias aspiraciones europeas y bajó al noveno lugar de la tabla de posiciones.

Tras 13 partidos invicta y una sola derrota en los últimos 21, la Real marcha cuarta con 54 puntos; cuatro más que el Valencia, que empató el sábado 3-3 con el Espanyol, y que el Málaga, vencedor 1-0 sobre Osasuna.

En error del arquero visitante Roberto Fernández, Diego Costa abrió de cabeza el marcador en el estadio Vicente Calderón, y el Atlético, claro dominador, pudo ampliar en un cabezazo de Falcao, pero Fernández blocó su cabezazo y el colombiano tampoco acertó en su siguiente remate en carrera, disparando al lateral.

Pero Falcao se desquitó en el siguiente contragolpe, empujando un cruce de Costa para ampliar, y siguió con su particular recital tras la reanudación, poniendo la pierna oportunamente en el área chica tras tiro libre de Jorge Resurreción "Koke" para el 3-0.

El Granada, impotente, apenas se acercó al arco de Thibaut Courtois tras la 24ta diana del "Tigre" en el torneo, mientras García añadió el cuarto en la tercera asistencia del choque de "Koke", y Filipe Luis redondeó el festival rojiblanco.

La Real inició el partido a todo tren por la banda izquierda, donde avisó con un balón cruzado por Antoine Griezmann al que no llegaron ni Xabi Prieto ni el mexicano Carlos Vela, y desde allí forjó sus dos primeros tantos, ambos de Agirretxe.

El goleador finalizó una jugada que inició en un pelotazo del arquero chileno Claudio Bravo que Griezmann controló y dejó para la llegada del lateral Alberto De la Bella, preciso en el cruce. El siguiente llegó en segunda jugada tras rechace rayista, cambio de orientación de Carlos Martínez y medido centro de Prieto.

La grieta, apenas cumplido el cuarto de hora, provocó una doble sustitución del técnico Paco Jémez buscando la reacción local, pero solo un par de disparos lejanos del argentino Alejandro Domínguez, y una jugada individual y posterior tiro libre directo de Francisco Medina "Piti" inquietaron a Bravo. En el arco contrario, Rubén Martínez debió intervenir para evitar el tercero de Vela, y Agirretxe rozó el triplete en un remate alto.

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