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Clinical Atlético leave Leverkusen lagging

Saúl Ñíguez and Antoine Griezmann scored in the first half and Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres in the second as Atlético Madrid earned a 4-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

2016/17 highlights: Atlético win six-goal thriller in Leverkusen

First-half goals by Saúl Ñíguez and Antoine Griezmann were followed after the break by strikes from Kevin Gameiro and substitute Fernando Torres as Atlético Madrid produced a clinical counterattacking display at Bayer Leverkusen.

Beaten 1-0 in Leverkusen in their last 16 first leg two seasons ago – eventually winning the tie on penalties – Atlético showed early signs of their cutting edge when Griezmann was denied by Bernd Leno and, from the follow-up play, Filip Luís's cross was sliced against his own crossbar by Wendell.

Seventeen minutes in, another quick Atlético counter did bring reward. Saúl skipped away down the right and cut inside to bend a beautiful shot inside Leno's top corner with his left foot.