Real Mallorca manager Javier Aguirre said he wanted Canadian Cyle Larin to step up and take his moment. The Canadian men’s national team’s all-time leading scorer saw nearly half an hour of action on Saturday but couldn’t hit the back of the net as Mallorca were shut out away to Atlético Madrid.

Antoine Griezmann’s 64th minute header secured a 1-0 victory for Atleti, despite a lacklustre performance from the hosts.

Atletico dominated the game but struggled to make an impact in the attacking third. They broke the deadlock in the 64th minute when centre-back Mario Hermoso made a run up the left flank and delivered a cross to Griezmann who soared to head the ball into the top right corner.

It was Griezmann’s 301st career goal, bringing him closer to Luis Aragones’ club record of 173. The Frenchman has now scored 170 goals for Atletico.

Larin came on in the 62nd minute for Abdón Prats. He has yet to score a league goal in a Real Mallorca shirt since making the summer move from Real Valladolid, where he enjoyed a successful five months before Valladolid were relegated.

Despite Atletico’s ball possession, Mallorca kept the Rojiblancos off the scoresheet for over an hour and although the hosts had 20 shot attempts, only three Atléti shots reached Predrag Rajković

The first real test for either goalkeeper came in the second half when Mallorca’s Rajković saved a header from Alvaro Morata. Atlético finally took the lead when Griezmann expertly headed in a cross from Hermoso.

Jan Oblak, Atletico’s goalkeeper, made a crucial save from Gio Gonzalez with just 10 minutes left on the clock and was relieved to see former Atletico youth player Amath Ndiaye miss a golden opportunity.

Atletico’s midfielder Koke made his milestone 600th appearance for the club.

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Real Mallorca are currently 17th, just one point above the relegation zone. But Larin’s boys do have a game in hand compared to the three teams below them.

The win lifted Atlético to third place in the LaLiga table. Diego Simeone’s men are level on points with Barcelona at 31, but with one game in hand. Unexpected leaders Girona sit on top of the La Liga table with 34 points, two points ahead of second place Real Madrid.

Atlético will face Feyenoord in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with a chance to advance to the last 16 with a win.