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Atlético and Madrid clinch victories

Published: Sunday 17 February 2013, 23.07CET
Club Atlético de Madrid lifted themselves up after their UEFA Europa League loss on Thursday to triumph 3-0 at Real Valladolid CF, and Real Madrid CF also picked up three points.
Atlético and Madrid clinch victories
Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Atlético ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 17 February 2013, 23.07CET

Atlético and Madrid clinch victories

Club Atlético de Madrid lifted themselves up after their UEFA Europa League loss on Thursday to triumph 3-0 at Real Valladolid CF, and Real Madrid CF also picked up three points.

Club Atlético de Madrid cemented their hold on second place in the Liga with a 3-0 victory at Real Valladolid CF that leaves them 12 points behind leaders FC Barcelona, while neighbours Real Madrid CF also won. 

Needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit away against FC Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, Diego Simeone's charges warmed up for that game with their first away success in all competitions since 18 November. Falcao got the ball rolling with his 20th league effort this term on 11 minutes and the capital side doubled their advantage via Diego Costa shortly after the interval, before substitute Cristian Rodríguez added a third in the final minute.

Third-placed Madrid kept pace with their derby rivals, remaining four points back following a resolute performance against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. José Mourinho's men started in fine form as Álvaro Morata and Sergio Ramos put them into a two-goal lead after 12 minutes. The latter accumulated a pair of bookings within six minutes of scoring, however, but Madrid dug their heels in and came through with a 2-0 win.

Also on Sunday, fifth-placed Valencia CF bounced back from UEFA Champions League disappointment in midweek with a 2-0 home win against RCD Mallorca, despite losing Tino Costa to a 28th-minute red card. Second-half strikes from Ricardo Costa and Roberto Soldado made the difference for the team beaten 2-1 by Paris Saint-Germain FC on Tuesday.

Lastly, Levante UD collected their first away point since 16 December as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, and RCD Espanyol claimed a third win in a row against Real Betis Balompié.

Last updated: 17/02/13 23.45CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

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

17/02/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid2-0Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Morata 3, Ramos 12

Venue: Madrid

17/02/2013

EspanyolEspanyol1-0BetisBetis

Sergio García 7

Venue: Barcelona

17/02/2013

ValladolidValladolid0-3AtléticoAtlético

Falcao 11, Diego Costa 53, Cristian Rodríguez 90

Venue: Valladolid

17/02/2013

ValenciaValencia2-0MallorcaMallorca

Ricardo Costa 60, Soldado 81

Venue: Valencia

17/02/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-1LevanteLevante

Vela 18 (P)

Míchel 29 (P)

Venue: San Sebastian

16/02/2013

OsasunaOsasuna1-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Kike Sola 4

Venue: Pamplona

16/02/2013

GranadaGranada1-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Ighalo 26

Messi 50, 73

Venue: Granada

16/02/2013

MálagaMálaga1-0AthleticAthletic

Saviola 18

Venue: Malaga

16/02/2013

GetafeGetafe3-1CeltaCelta

Adrián Colunga 10, Diego Castro 34, Fernández 42

Fernandez 20

Venue: Madrid

15/02/2013

SevillaSevilla3-1DeportivoDeportivo

Rakitić 5, Medel 27, 40

Riki 32

Venue: Sevilla

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