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Espanyol down Atlético to move eighth

Published: Sunday 11 December 2011, 21.50CET
Joan Verdú scored twice as RCD Espanyol recorded their first victory in six Liga matches to beat Club Atlético de Madrid 4-2, a result that dropped their opponents down to tenth.
Espanyol down Atlético to move eighth
Espanyol players celebrate their impressive victory against Atlético ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 11 December 2011, 21.50CET

Espanyol down Atlético to move eighth

Joan Verdú scored twice as RCD Espanyol recorded their first victory in six Liga matches to beat Club Atlético de Madrid 4-2, a result that dropped their opponents down to tenth.

RCD Espanyol leapfrogged Club Atlético de Madrid to move eighth in the Liga standings after registering an impressive 4-2 victory, while RCD Mallorca continued their fine run of form by triumphing 1-0 at Real Zaragoza.

Joan Verdú struck twice in the opening seven minutes as Mauricio Pochettino's hosts took control, before Ndri Romaric trebled their advantage. Falcao reduced the deficit, but his efforts were in vain as Sergio García added a fourth on 54 minutes, though there was still time for an Arda Turan consolation for Atlético.

Elsewhere, Victor Casadesus's 39th-minute strike was enough to clinch victory for Mallorca as Zaragoza slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat, a result which left them rooted to the bottom of the table. Getafe CF collected their fourth win of the season after Javier Casquero hit the only goal in a 1-0 success against Granada CF.

Real Sporting de Gijón climbed to 18th thanks to their 3-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Nacho Novo registering twice. Meanwhile, Jon Aurtenetxe looked set to claim the spoils for Athletic Club, only for Álvaro Soberón to seal a 1-1 draw for Real Racing Club. Villarreal CF came from behind to secure a point against Real Sociedad de Fútbol, and Málaga CF did likewise in their 1-1 stalemate with CA Osasuna.

Last updated: 12/12/11 14.32CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 17/05/2012 10:43 CET

11/12/2011

EspanyolEspanyol4-2AtléticoAtlético

Verdú 5, 7, Romaric 19, Sergio García 54

Falcao 32, Arda Turan 83

Venue: Barcelona

11/12/2011

AthleticAthletic1-1RacingRacing

Aurtenetxe 80

Álvaro 90+2

Venue: Bilbao

11/12/2011

MálagaMálaga1-1OsasunaOsasuna

Juanmi 70

Ibrahima 33

Venue: Malaga

11/12/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza0-1MallorcaMallorca

Victor Casadesus 39

Venue: Zaragoza

11/12/2011

VillarrealVillarreal1-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Marco Ruben 72

Aranburu 52

Venue: Castellon

11/12/2011

GetafeGetafe1-0GranadaGranada

Casquero 78

Venue: Madrid

11/12/2011

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano1-3Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Pérez Cuesta 90+1

Barral 9, Novo 37, 67

Venue: Madrid

10/12/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid1-3BarcelonaBarcelona

Benzema 1

Alexis Sánchez 30, Xavi Hernández 53, Fàbregas 66

Venue: Madrid

10/12/2011

BetisBetis2-1ValenciaValencia

Rubén 90+1, 90+4

Dorado Ramirez 66 (o.g.)

Venue: Sevilla

10/12/2011

LevanteLevante1-0SevillaSevilla

Nano 56

Venue: Valencia

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