Mandzukic treble in Atleti win

A Mario Mandzukic hat-trick helped Atletico Madrid to a commanding Champions League win over Olympiacos.

Diego Simeone made one change to the side that beat Malaga, the game’s other scorer, Raul Garcia, replacing Antoine Griezmann.

It didn’t take Garcia long to open the scoring, netting inside the first 10 minutes as the champions looked to avenge their Matchday 1 defeat.

Goalkeeper Roberto could only find Juanfran with his clearance and the right-back’s cross was met by Garcia, who converted from close range.

Juanfran and his crosses have caused numerous problems for the Greeks, with chances for Koke and Mario Mandzukic, as well as an earlier opportunity for goal scorer Garcia.

Eric Abidal had the visitors’ first shot on goal but it was Atleti who got the game’s second goal, Mandzukic punishing Botia for a missing yet another cross.

Tiago Mendes didn’t make it out for the second half, Atletico revealing he suffered a thigh injury, with Mario Suarez his replacement.

It was 3-0 by the hour mark when Mandzukic claimed his second of the night, the goal again coming down the right wing, with the striker meeting the cross with his head.

Mandzukic’s third arrived minutes later, this time from a set-piece, Atletico getting their customary goal from a dead ball, this time delivered by Gabi.

Griezmann, on in place of Mandzukic, was among the players to go close to an Atletico fifth, the France international having a goal disallowed.

Atletico 4-0 Olympiacos

Raul Garcia 9, Mandzukic 38, 61, 65

Atletico: Moya; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Ansaldi; Tiago (Mario 46), Gabi, Koke, Arda (Jimenez 66); Raul Garcia, Mandzukic (Griezmann 69)

Olympiacos: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Botia, Abidal, Masuaku; Mililojevic, N’Dinga, Maniatis (Fuster 46), Dominguez (Bouchalakis 72); Afellay (Kasami 46); Mitroglu

Referee: Stark [GER]

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