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Atlético edge Celta to close gap

Published: Friday 21 December 2012, 23.59CET
Adrián López scored five minutes after coming on as a substitute as Club Atlético de Madrid closed to within six points of Liga leaders FC Barcelona by beating RC Celta de Vigo 1-0.
Atlético edge Celta to close gap
Atlético players celebrate their goal ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Friday 21 December 2012, 23.59CET

Atlético edge Celta to close gap

Adrián López scored five minutes after coming on as a substitute as Club Atlético de Madrid closed to within six points of Liga leaders FC Barcelona by beating RC Celta de Vigo 1-0.

Club Atlético de Madrid closed to within six points of Liga leaders FC Barcelona by beating RC Celta de Vigo 1-0 while Valencia CF also emerged victorious.

Diego Simeone's outfit looked like they would be frustrated as Celta defended resolutely, Koke's 12th-minute drive against a post the closest the hosts came in the opening half. However, the introduction of Adrián López after 72 minutes proved pivotal as his crisp snap-shot from 25 metres punctured the visitors' resistance and the UEFA Super Cup holders held on despite Miranda's late red card.

Valencia, who will face Paris Saint-Germain FC in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, had lost their last two home games but leapfrogged opponents Getafe CF into ninth spot with a 4-2 victory at Mestalla. Ernesto Valverde's men surged two goals ahead inside seven minutes through Roberto Soldado and Jonas, and Ricardo Costa restored the buffer after Álvaro Vázquez had responded for the visitors. Alexis kept Getafe in the hunt but Nelson Valdez settled matters in added time.

Last updated: 22/12/12 14.16CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
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Last updated: 30/01/2013 19:26 CET

21/12/2012

AtléticoAtlético1-0CeltaCelta

Adrián López 77

Venue: Madrid

21/12/2012

ValenciaValencia4-2GetafeGetafe

Soldado 1, Jonas 7, Ricardo Costa 30, Valdez 90+4

Álvaro Vázquez 13, Alexis 59

Venue: Valencia

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