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Atlético beat Granada to keep Barça in sight

Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 23.27CET
Arda Turan scored the only goal of the game as Club Atlético de Madrid moved back within three points of FC Barcelona with a win at Granada CF, while Levante UD moved fourth.
Atlético beat Granada to keep Barça in sight
Arda Turan celebrates after scoring the only goal in Atlético's win at Granada ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 23.27CET

Atlético beat Granada to keep Barça in sight

Arda Turan scored the only goal of the game as Club Atlético de Madrid moved back within three points of FC Barcelona with a win at Granada CF, while Levante UD moved fourth.

Club Atlético de Madrid cut FC Barcelona's Liga lead back down to three points after battling to a single-goal victory at Granada CF.

Having suffered their first league defeat of the season in their last away game at Valencia CF, Atlético returned to winning ways on the road, condemning Granada to a third straight loss at Los Cármenes. Gabriel Torje struck the post for the hosts following a swift counterattack in the first period, but Arda Turan turned in Koke's cross at the back post to notch the only goal in the 61st minute. Diego Simeone's side then held on for the points, despite having Mario Suárez dismissed with 19 minutes to play.

Levante UD took advantage of Málaga CF's draw on Saturday as they won 2-0 at RC Deportivo La Coruña to go fourth. Obafemi Martins and José Barkero scored the goals, while both sides ended with ten men after Pedro López and Deportivo keeper Daniel Aranzubia were dismissed in the second half.

Sevilla FC took the bragging rights in the Seville derby, beating Real Betis Balompié 5-1 to move seventh, within a point of their city rivals. Things started terribly for Betis, conceding within the first 20 seconds to José Antonio Reyes, before Federico Fazio doubled the lead after five minutes. Both goalscorers grabbed a second and Ivan Rakitić added a fifth late on.

Elsewhere, Getafe CF struck twice in four second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Real Valladolid CF 2-1 – Alexis and Ángel Lafita engineering the turnaround – while RC Celta de Vigo and RCD Mallorca drew 1-1. 

Last updated: 19/11/12 0.34CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 30/01/2013 19:34 CET

18/11/2012

SevillaSevilla5-1BetisBetis

Reyes 1, 32, Fazio 5, 43, Rakitić 90+1

Rubén 66

Venue: Sevilla

18/11/2012

GranadaGranada0-1AtléticoAtlético

Arda Turan 61

Venue: Granada

18/11/2012

GetafeGetafe2-1ValladolidValladolid

Alexis 74, Lafita 78

Óscar González 45

Venue: Madrid

18/11/2012

CeltaCelta1-1MallorcaMallorca

Park Ju-Young 56

Hemed 22

Venue: Pontevedra

18/11/2012

DeportivoDeportivo0-2LevanteLevante

Martins 40, Barkero 82

Venue: La Coruna

17/11/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid5-1AthleticAthletic

Aurtenetxe 12 (o.g.), Ramos 30, Benzema 32, Özil 56, Khedira 72

Ibai Gómez 42

Venue: Madrid

17/11/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona3-1ZaragozaZaragoza

Messi 16, 60, Song 28

Montanes 24

Venue: Barcelona

17/11/2012

ValenciaValencia2-1EspanyolEspanyol

Viera 16, Soldado 89 (P)

Longo 31

Venue: Valencia

17/11/2012

OsasunaOsasuna0-0MálagaMálaga

Venue: Pamplona

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