Sports Desk- Portugal youngster Joao Felix scored twice as Atletico Madrid moved into the Champions League places with a 5-0 La Liga thrashing of Osasuna on Wednesday and give a huge boost to their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
Felix put the visiting side ahead by arriving in the box and drilling the loose ball into the top corner in the 27th minute, scoring again soon after the re-start by nudging home a fine pass from Diego Costa.
Substitute Marcos Llorente stretched Atleti’s lead in the 79th and laid on passes for Alvaro Morata and Yannick Carrasco to complete the drubbing. The victory took Diego Simeone’s side into fourth place in the standings on 49 points after 29 games, two ahead of fifth-placed Real Sociedad who visit Alaves on Thursday. Osasuna are 11th on 35.
“I felt good, coming back from injury after three months without playing and scoring two goals is very good for me,” Felix told.
“We have a brilliant squad and if we can keep performing like we did today we can go as far as we want to,” said the Atletico coach.
Atletico had a subdued return to action after Spanish football’s three-month hiatus due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by drawing 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao.