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Atlético beat Valencia to maintain title charge

Published: Sunday 15 December 2013, 23.05CET
Club Atlético de Madrid moved level on points and goal difference with Liga leaders FC Barcelona after seeing off Valencia CF while Athletic Club and Sevilla FC drew.
Atlético beat Valencia to maintain title charge
Diego Costa scored twice for Atlético against Valencia ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 15 December 2013, 23.05CET

Atlético beat Valencia to maintain title charge

Club Atlético de Madrid moved level on points and goal difference with Liga leaders FC Barcelona after seeing off Valencia CF while Athletic Club and Sevilla FC drew.

Club Atlético de Madrid conjured three second-half goals to beat Valencia CF and join FC Barcelona on 43 points at the top of the Spanish Liga.

Having been frustrated by Miroslav Djukić's men during the opening period at the Vicente Calderón, Atlético struck twice in four minutes around the hour mark through Diego Costa and Raúl García. Costa's 81st-minute penalty then clinched a 3-0 win which leaves Diego Simeone's team level on both points and goal difference (plus 43) with Barcelona. However, Barça lead the table having registered one goal more.

Athletic Club are fourth, eight points behind Real Madrid CF, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Sevilla FC, who moved up to seventh. Markel Susaeta's sixth-minute effort for Athletic cancelled out Alberto Moreno's even earlier strike. Sandwiched between those two sides are sixth-placed Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Imanol Agirretxe having scored twice in a 5-1 home success over bottom-placed Real Betis Balompié. Lastly, UD Almería climbed out of the relegation zone courtesy of a goalless draw with visitors RCD Espanyol.

Last updated: 15/12/13 23.40CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 15/12/2013 22:49 CET

15/12/2013

AtléticoAtlético3-0ValenciaValencia

Diego Costa 59, 81 (P), Raúl García 63

Venue: Madrid

15/12/2013

SevillaSevilla1-1AthleticAthletic

Moreno 4

Susaeta 6

Venue: Sevilla

15/12/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad5-1BetisBetis

Agirretxe 6, 68, Ansotegi 55, Griezmann 62, Xabi Prieto 85

Molina 19

Venue: San Sebastian

15/12/2013

AlmeríaAlmería0-0EspanyolEspanyol

Venue: Almeria

14/12/2013

MálagaMálaga1-0GetafeGetafe

Santa Cruz 75

Venue: Malaga

14/12/2013

BarcelonaBarcelona2-1VillarrealVillarreal

Neymar 30 (P), 68

Musacchio 48

Venue: Barcelona

14/12/2013

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-2GranadaGranada

Rico Castro 35, Riki 89

Venue: Madrid

14/12/2013

OsasunaOsasuna2-2Real MadridReal Madrid

Oriol Riera 16, 39

Isco 45, Pepe 80

Venue: Pamplona

13/12/2013

LevanteLevante2-1ElcheElche

Barral 41, 80

Săpunaru 25

Venue: Valencia

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