Atletico Madrid overcame a drenched playing surface to scrap their way to a 3-1 Primera Division win at Eibar.
Antoine Griezmann put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes and then two quick-fire goals from Mario Mandzukic midway through the first half put the game beyond the reach of Eibar.
The hosts managed to grab a late consolation goal through Federico Piovaccari.
The pitch was in a dire state after heavy rain in the Basque Country and this was by no means an aesthetically pleasing game,...
After the blood, thunder and exhaustion of Wednesday's Copa del Rey encounter against Barcelona, the last thing Atletico Madrid needed was a trip to this season's surprise package, Eibar.
The fact that the game was played on a pitch more suited to rugby did not help things, however, Los Rojiblancos came through with flying colours, comfortably securing a 3-1 win and ending their nine-match month of January in the best way possible.
Two Mario Mandzukic efforts were enough to kill the game as a contest...
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has denied media reports that he made an offensive gesture towards the referee and confronted Neymar during his side's Copa del Rey second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday.
Barca won 3-2 to reach the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate after a game that saw Atletico finish with nine men and blame Neymar for "provocation" after he had tormented his markers before being substituted early.
Subsequent reports claimed Simeone made a gesture towards referee Jesus Gil Manzano...