Levante of Spain winger, Moses Simon was lost in the park on Sunday, as he failed to step unto the pitch against Atletico Madrid, who rode on the back of French striker, Antoine Griezmann to victory.
Simon, though, was on the visitors’ bench for all 90 minutes at Wanda Metropolitano, as Griezmann scored for the fifth straight La Liga match and Atletico edged closer to Barcelona with a 1-0 victory over Levante.
While Simon wtched from the sideline, Griezmann slammed home a second-half penalty after a handball by Nikola Vukcevic for his ninth league goal of the season, sending Atletico two points behind Barca.
Levante defeated a much-changed Barca in the Copa del Rey in midweek, with Simon on for 90 minutes of that tie, but they posed minimal threat to Diego Simeone’s side on Sunday, only really testing Jan Oblak once.
It was far from a vintage performance from Atletico, who have now won their last two home LaLiga matches 1-0 courtesy of a Griezmann penalty.
Griezmann was unable to convert a glorious chance from inside the six-yard box before Atletico lost Stefan Savic to a left thigh injury sustained off the ball in the seventh minute.
The hosts thought they were in front when Koke slotted home Vitolo’s pass four minutes later but it was ruled out after the referee, Eduardo Prieto Iglesias reviewed footage of Rodrigo’s challenge on Enis Bardhi.
An excellent tackle from Rober Pier stopped Vitolo firing Angel Correa’s great through ball home before half-time, while Koke and Thomas Partey kept the pressure on after the restart.
Atletico got the breakthrough in the 57th minute when Vukcevic blocked Thomas’ cutback with his arm and Griezmann fired the resultant penalty into the top-right corner.
Oblak remained alert to deny Jose Luis Morales after he cut in from the left, before Bardhi was blocked by Diego Godin inside the final 10 minutes as Atletico made it 16 LaLiga matches without defeat.