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Spot-on Atlético triumph in Granada

Published: Thursday 31 October 2013, 22.01CET
Diego Costa and David Villa scored penalties as Club Atlético de Madrid won 2-1 at Granada CF to move to within a point of FC Barcelona on a night when Getafe CF also prevailed.
Spot-on Atlético triumph in Granada
Diego Costa is congratulated by strike partner David Villa ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 31 October 2013, 22.01CET

Spot-on Atlético triumph in Granada

Diego Costa and David Villa scored penalties as Club Atlético de Madrid won 2-1 at Granada CF to move to within a point of FC Barcelona on a night when Getafe CF also prevailed.

A penalty apiece from Diego Costa and David Villa condemned Granada CF to defeat and earned second-placed Club Atlético de Madrid their tenth win in 11 Liga games this season.

Costa was presented with the opportunity to score his 12th league goal of the campaign seven minutes before the break when Granada captain Diego Mainz barged into the back of Villa.

The Spain striker rubber-stamped the outcome with little under a quarter of an hour remaining, picking himself up to beat Roberto from the spot after he had been fouled by Jeison Murillo. Odion Ighalo's late header, a minute after Atlético defender Filipe Luis had been dismissed for a second booking, was mere consolation for the hosts.

The away victory enabled the Rojiblancos to close to within a point of leaders FC Barcelona, who welcome RCD Espanyol on Friday. Getafe CF, meanwhile, remain sixth after inflicting fourth-placed Villarreal CF's first reverse at El Madrigal this term, Ciprian Marica and Pablo Sarabia on target in a 2-0 success.

Athletic Club, positioned directly between those teams, rallied from two down to draw 2-2 with mid-table Elche CF in Bilbao. There were no goals between Real Betis Balompié and Levante UD in Seville.

Last updated: 01/11/13 14.06CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 31/10/2013 23:53 CET

31/10/2013

AthleticAthletic2-2ElcheElche

Susaeta 54, Aritz Aduriz 69

Lombán 9, Aarón Ñíguez 47

Venue: Bilbao

31/10/2013

BetisBetis0-0LevanteLevante

Venue: Sevilla

31/10/2013

GranadaGranada1-2AtléticoAtlético

Ighalo 90

Diego Costa 38 (P), Villa 78 (P)

Venue: Granada

31/10/2013

VillarrealVillarreal0-2GetafeGetafe

Marica 5, Sarabia 90+2

Venue: Castellon

30/10/2013

OsasunaOsasuna3-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Oier 1, Oriol Riera 13, Torres 58

Gálvez 71

Venue: Pamplona

30/10/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid7-3SevillaSevilla

Bale 13, 27, Ronaldo 32 (P), 60, 71, Benzema 53, 80

Rakitić 38 (P), 63, Bacca 40

Venue: Madrid

30/10/2013

ValladolidValladolid2-2Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Larsson 76, Guerra 79

Griezmann 15, 53

Venue: Valladolid

30/10/2013

ValenciaValencia1-2AlmeríaAlmería

Jonas 33 (P)

Torsiglieri 61, Vidal Parreu 69

Venue: Valencia

29/10/2013

CeltaCelta0-3BarcelonaBarcelona

Alexis Sánchez 9, Yoel 48 (og), Fàbregas 54

Venue: Pontevedra

29/10/2013

EspanyolEspanyol0-0MálagaMálaga

Venue: Barcelona

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