Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke were all on target as Atletico Madrid took firm control of their last-16 Europa League tie with a 3-0 home win against Lokomotiv Moscow.
The two-time champions were rarely at their best in Thursday’s first leg, but Diego Simeone’s men have a foot in the quarter-finals after Koke’s last-minute strike wrapped up a convincing win.
Saul’s stunner gave Atleti the lead, the midfielder picking out the top corner with a sensational long-range drive that lit up a quiet first half at the Wanda Metropolitano.
When Diego Costa turned in a rebound after Antoine Griezmann was denied by Guilherme immediately following the restart, the result was effectively set in stone.
Atletico, winners of the Europa League in 2010 and 2012, have now won their last six home games in all competitions without conceding a single goal after easing to another comfortable victory, secured by Koke sweeping home Juanfran’s cutback.
Russian Premier League leaders Lokomotiv – who failed to test goalkeeper Axel Werner on his debut – will hope they can battle their way back into the tie on home soil in next week’s second leg, but their chances of progressing appear slim.