Antoine Griezmann’s solitary strike earned Atletico Madrid a first win of the Liga season on Saturday as they defeated local rivals Rayo Vallecano 1-0.
Atletico Madrid endured a frustrating evening against their rivals before the Frenchman’s intervention on the hour mark wrapped up the win for Simeone’s side.
A Stefan Savic’s header from close range following a corner in the 63rd minute was expertly turned in by Griezmann.
Angel Correa had Atletico’s best opportunity in the first half, but Rayo keeper Alberto Garcia did well to keep the Argentine’s effort out.
Shortly afterward, the Wanda Metropolitano got its first taste of VAR as Diego Costa’s screams for handball was confirmed to be false by referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez.
Atletico will, however, be sweating on the fitness of fullback Juanfran, who hobbled off after half an hour with what the club described as a muscle problem.
The win lifts the Europa League champions on to four points after two games, while Rayo is still without a point.