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LaLiga: Rojiblancos crush Las Palmas in five-star performance at home

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Atlético Madrid roared back to winning ways with a dominant 5-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Cívitas Metropolitano, shattering the visitors’ dream of a European return.

Los Colchoneros, winless in their last three, showed no signs of rust and put Las Palmas to the sword early on. Marcos Llorente, rediscovering his scoring touch, netted a brace within the first 20 minutes, capitalizing on defensive errors and finding the net with aplomb. This marked Atlético’s 44th goal in their last 21 league meetings against the Canarian side, solidifying their dominance in this matchup.

Las Palmas, hoping for a comeback on their second visit to the Metropolitano, found themselves further behind after the break. Ángel Correa, a menace throughout the game, bagged a brace himself. He first slotted home a clever finish after finding himself behind the disorganized Las Palmas defense and then converted a penalty awarded for a cynical challenge on him.

Memphis Depay, coming off the bench, added the finishing touch with a stunning shot into the roof of the net, capping off a dominant performance. Las Palmas, who haven’t scored in their last six away games against top-half clubs, were left without a consolation goal.

This emphatic victory extends Atlético’s unbeaten home run in La Liga to 20 matches, stretching back to September 1969. It also sends a clear message of their intent to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. While their winless streak is extended, Las Palmas can still harbor realistic hopes for a European spot with 13 games remaining.

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