Author of a hat-trick, Griezmann sends Atlético Madrid to the Champions League

Antoine Griezmann is back in shape and especially back in the net. Author of a hat-trick, the French striker allowed Atlético Madrid to win on Wednesday on the lawn of their neighbor Getafe (3-0) during the 36th day of Liga and to ensure their qualification for the Champions League.

Mute for more than a month in a complicated second part of the season, Griezmann struck three times to bring his total to 16 league goals and offer three precious points to the Colchoneros (4th), now certain of appearing in the Top 4.

The club very close to the podium

Atlético is now 11 points ahead of Athletic Bilbao (5th), knocked down 2-1 by Celta Vigo, two days before the end of the season, and takes advantage of Girona’s new misstep to return to two lengths of the podium.

A prestigious victory also gives fresh air to Celta (15th), practically guaranteed to remain with five points more than Cadiz, first relegation. Fighting for its survival in the elite, the Andalusian club snatched a crucial victory in added time on Wednesday on the lawn of its neighbor Sevilla FC (1-0) to keep a slim hope of maintaining.

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