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Madrid duo close gap at Liga summit

Published: Sunday 20 January 2013, 22.52CET
Club Atlético de Madrid moved to within eight points of the Liga summit with a 2-0 win at home to Levante UD, before a first-half goal blitz eased Real Madrid CF past Valencia CF.
Madrid duo close gap at Liga summit
Adrián López (centre) broke the deadlock for Atlético ©AFP
Published: Sunday 20 January 2013, 22.52CET

Madrid duo close gap at Liga summit

Club Atlético de Madrid moved to within eight points of the Liga summit with a 2-0 win at home to Levante UD, before a first-half goal blitz eased Real Madrid CF past Valencia CF.

Club Atlético de Madrid consigned Levante UD to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of goals in either half from Adrián López and Koke, while neighbours Real Madrid CF were in free-scoring mood as they saw off Valencia CF 5-0.

FC Barcelona's surprise loss at Real Sociedad de Fútbol on Saturday allowed Diego Simeone's second-placed Atlético to trim the gap at the top to eight points. Adrián broke the deadlock after 32 minutes, before Koke caught the eye with a sumptuous 20-metre strike. The only negative for Atlético came when top goalscorer Falcao limped off with a hamstring injury midway through the second half.

Real Madrid sit seven points further back in third after making light work of Valencia CF thanks to five first-half goals. Gonzalo Higuaín opened the floodgates nine minutes in with a neat left-footed finish, before Ángel Di María and Cristiano Ronaldo both hit doubles ahead of the half-time whistle.

Elsewhere, CA Osasuna climbed off the foot of the table at the expense of RC Deportivo La Coruña, whom they beat 2-1, while Real Valladolid CF prevailed 2-0 at home to Real Zaragoza.

Last updated: 21/01/13 1.00CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:10 CET

20/01/2013

ValenciaValencia0-5Real MadridReal Madrid

Higuaín 9, Di María 34, 45, Ronaldo 36, 41

Venue: Valencia

20/01/2013

AtléticoAtlético2-0LevanteLevante

Adrián López 32, Koke 60

Venue: Madrid

20/01/2013

ValladolidValladolid2-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Guerra 12, Óscar González 74

Venue: Valladolid

20/01/2013

OsasunaOsasuna2-1DeportivoDeportivo

Kike Sola 26, Nino 61

Camuñas 90+2

Venue: Pamplona

19/01/2013

MálagaMálaga1-1CeltaCelta

Demichelis 37

Fernandez 76

Venue: Malaga

19/01/2013

GetafeGetafe1-1SevillaSevilla

Adrián Colunga 44

Reyes 40

Venue: Madrid

19/01/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad3-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Gonzalo Castro 41, 62, Agirretxe 90+1

Messi 7, Pedro Rodríguez 25

Venue: San Sebastian

19/01/2013

GranadaGranada2-0Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Amat 24 (o.g.), Recio 80

Venue: Granada

18/01/2013

EspanyolEspanyol3-2MallorcaMallorca

Simão 16, Verdú 68 (P), Baena 83

Dos Santos 35, Márquez 42

Venue: Barcelona

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