Madrid: In-form Antoine Griezmann scored one goal and made another as Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday, consolidating their grip on second place.
Griezmann opened the scoring just before the break at the Wanda Metropolitano with his 16th goal of the season in La Liga, his 11th in the last nine games.
The France star, who continues to be linked with a summer move to Barcelona, then set up Vitolo to make it 2-0 before Angel Correa, on as a substitute, wrapped up the points for Diego Simeone's side.
It was a seventh win in eight La Liga outings for Atletico, the exception being last weekend's 1-0 loss at Barcelona.
As a result, the 2014 champions remain eight points behind league leaders Barca, but they are seven clear of Real Madrid in third. Celta are ninth.
Barcelona were 2-0 winners at Malaga on Saturday with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho on target, as Lionel Messi missed the game to attend the birth of his third child.
Meanwhile, Real won 2-1 at Eibar thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.
"There is still a long way to go. We take things one game at a time and we will try to continue that way," said Simeone of his side's title chances.
"My desire is to be in with a chance with five games left. Then we will be able to speak about something more."