Antoine Griezmann converts a penalty for Atletico Madrid against Real Valladolid on Saturday. Photo: EPA

MADRID – Antoine Griezmann dragged Atletico Madrid level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga as he scored twice and created another in a 3-2 win at Valladolid.

The victory left Diego Simeone’s side second in La Liga, but they joined Barca, who travel to Levante on Sunday evening, on 31 points.

Sevilla have the chance to move level with the pair when they host mid-table Girona early on Sunday.

Griezmann struck the winner 10 minutes from the end after Valladolid had fought back from a two-goal halftime deficit.

The Frenchman had played a key role in building the early lead.

The World Cup winner laid on Nikola Kalinic’s second goal of the season in the 26th minute with a superb through-ball, then put his side two up on the stroke of halftime.

After Kiko Olivas handled Griezmann’s long-range shot, and referee Undiano Mallenco pointed to the spot after a video review, the Frenchman slotted home a neat penalty.

The hosts came roaring back in the second half, twice forcing fine saves from Jan Oblak before Fernando Calero scored for the hosts from a 56th-minute corner. 

Saul Niguez then inadvertently pushed Enes Unal’s header into his own net nine minutes later, and Valladolid pushed for victory.

However, Griezmann stole the three points in a frantic finale, coolly steering home the winner after a scramble in the box following a corner.

AFP