Pamplona, Spain, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- Joao Felix had a brace here Wednesday as Atletico Madrid romped 5-0 against Osasuna to move into the fourth spot in LaLiga, just 2 points behind third-place Sevilla.
After an opening phase that was fairly even, Atleti gained the upper hand against 11th-place Osasuna.
Diego Costa got the first chance for the Colchoneros, moments before Hector Herrera delivered an exceptional pass to Renan Lodi, who relayed the ball to Saul.
When Saul flubbed the shot, Felix rushed in to put Atletico up 1-0 in the 27th minute.
The hosts tried to react and Jon Moncayola came close with a thunderous strike in the waning moments of the first half and the re-start saw Osasuna seek to build on that effort.
But their hopes of equalizing were dashed in the 56th minute when Costa pounced on a giveaway by Aridane Hernandez, raced down the right side and crossed to Felix waiting unmarked in front of goal.
Down 2-0, Osasuna rushed forward with an infusion of attackers, which ultimately left them open to the counter in the guise of Atleti defender Marcos Llorente, who made it 3-0 in the 79th minute.
Four minutes later, Llorente assisted on Alvaro Morata’s goal for the 4-0. Yannick Carrasco added a fifth goal with two minutes left in regulation.
Eibar and Athletic Bilbao played to a 2-2 draw earlier Wednesday in a Basque derby, a result that left the hosts three points clear of the relegation zone.
Athletic came out of the gates quickly in the Match Day 29 contest played behind closed doors at Ipurua Municipal Stadium, creating one scoring chance on a shot by Iñigo Cordoba that Eibar goalie Marko Dmitrovic did well to save and then earning a penalty kick for a hand ball in the area by defender Gonzalo Escalante.
Moments later, midfielder Raul Garcia converted from the 12-yard mark to give the visitors the lead in the seventh minute.
That advantage, however, lasted little more than 10 minutes.
Eibar nearly got the equalizer on a shot by Jose Angel, and then at the 18-minute mark Kike received a pass from Pedro Leon on a play initiated by Chilean midfielder Fabian Orellana and found the back of the net past Athletic net minder Unai Simon.
Leon and Orellana continued to wreak havoc on the visitors’ defense in the second half, and that pressure led to a penalty opportunity when Athletic midfielder Dani Garcia was called for a foul on Escalante in the area.
Orellana then proceeded to do the honors from the penalty spot in the 77th minute to give Eibar their first lead of the contest.
Down 2-1 on the scoreboard, Athletic Bilbao head coach Gaizka Garitano sought to give his attack a boost by inserting Asier Villalibre as a late substitute, a move that paid dividends almost immediately when the forward received a pass from Dani Garcia and got the ball past Dmitrovic in minute 80.
Following the draw, Eibar remains in 16th place with 28 points and Athletic is still in the No. 10 spot with 39 points.
In other LaLiga action Wednesday, host Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo played to a scoreless draw at Jose Zorrilla Stadium.
After a first half in which Celta ceded the initiative to the home team, the visitors came out more aggressively in the second half and had two good opportunities to score.
Forward Iago Aspas was the attacker each time but was stymied by Valladolid goalie Jordi Masip on both occasions, the second of which came from the penalty spot after defender Ruben Alcaraz had been called for a hand ball in the area.