Atlético Madrid starts slow but cruises in 5-0 rout of Malmo

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid overcame a sluggish start to score five second-half goals in a 5-0 rout of Malmo and move top of Group A in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Atletico lacked accuracy in its first-half corners, something that visibly exasperated coach Diego Simeone after a chance went wide in the 44th minute.

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Whatever Simeone said at halftime clearly had an effect as Atletico returned with real determination.

Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion turned home Arda Turan's threaded cross in the 48th, opening the floodgates.

Mario Mandzukic made it 2-0 in the 61st, Antoine Griezmann found the net two minutes later and Diego Godin headed home in the 87th before Alessio Cerci scored in injury time.

Atletico has six points and leads Olympiakos on goal difference. Juventus and Malmo have three points each.

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