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Atlético steal a march on Barcelona

Published: Saturday 21 December 2013, 23.48CET
Diego Costa struck twice to send Club Atlético de Madrid to the top of the Spanish table, while Sevilla FC clung on with ten men to secure a 2-1 victory at Villarreal CF.

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Published: Saturday 21 December 2013, 23.48CET

Atlético steal a march on Barcelona

Diego Costa struck twice to send Club Atlético de Madrid to the top of the Spanish table, while Sevilla FC clung on with ten men to secure a 2-1 victory at Villarreal CF.

Club Atlético de Madrid moved to the top of the Spanish table after Diego Costa's penalty secured a 3-2 victory against stubborn Levante UD.

The team from Valencia took the lead early through Andreas Ivanschitz's close-range shot, but Atlético turned the game on its head. First, Diego Godín finished with a header from a corner before Diego Costa supplied a brilliant volley from Gabi's free-kick to make it 2-1 just after the restart. Pedro Rios, though, replied on the counter following a mazy run.

A foul on Juanfran in the box nonetheless allowed Diego Costa to restore his side's lead once more with 19 minutes to go, and Levante were reduced to ten men in added time when Juanfran was sent off. The victory lifted Diego Simeone's side to the top of the Liga, though FC Barcelona will reclaim the summit if they win against Getafe CF on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Sevilla FC held on with ten men to secure a 2-1 win at Villarreal CF, defender Cala opening the scoring and being sent off with four minutes remaining. Real Betis Balompié remain rooted to the foot of the table following a 1-0 loss at home against UD Almería, while the evening closed with Real Sociedad de Fútbol winning 3-1 at Granada CF.

Last updated: 23/12/13 1.18CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 21/12/2013 23:53 CET

21/12/2013

GranadaGranada1-3Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Piti 37

Vela 29, 64, Griezmann 42

Venue: Granada

21/12/2013

AtléticoAtlético3-2LevanteLevante

Godín 30, Diego Costa 47, 77 (P)

Ivanschitz 1, Ríos 56

Venue: Madrid

21/12/2013

BetisBetis0-1AlmeríaAlmería

Azeez 4

Venue: Sevilla

21/12/2013

VillarrealVillarreal1-2SevillaSevilla

Perbet 88 (P)

Cala 24, Bacca 71

Venue: Castellon

20/12/2013

ElcheElche0-1MálagaMálaga

Camacho 6

Venue: Elche

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