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Atlético pull clear as Madrid stutter in Bilbao

Published: Sunday 2 February 2014, 23.30CET
Club Atlético de Madrid stole clear at the top in Spain, defeating Real Sociedad de Fútbol 4-0 to pull three points ahead as Real Madrid CF were held at Athletic Club.

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Published: Sunday 2 February 2014, 23.30CET

Atlético pull clear as Madrid stutter in Bilbao

Club Atlético de Madrid stole clear at the top in Spain, defeating Real Sociedad de Fútbol 4-0 to pull three points ahead as Real Madrid CF were held at Athletic Club.

Club Atlético de Madrid are out on their own at the top of the Spanish Liga after taking full advantage of FC Barcelona's Saturday slip by beating Real Sociedad de Fútbol 4-0, while Real Madrid CF lost ground.

After being locked together with Barça for most of the campaign Diego Simeone's men finally broke three points clear in style. David Villa neatly tucked in Diego Costa's low cross on 38 minutes to open the scoring before Costa broke free 18 minutes from time to slot in a second. Miranda headed another two minutes later and Diego smashed into the roof of the net on 87 minutes on his second debut for the club.

Real Madrid had the chance to displace Barcelona in second and move within a point of their city rivals at the top but failed to negotiate a way past Athletic Club in Bilbao. Jesé turned in Cristiano Ronaldo's cross to put the visitors in the lead on 65 minutes, but Ibai Gómez's sweetly struck half-volley flew in via the post eight minutes later to earn a point for the fourth-placed side. To make matters worse for Madrid, Ronaldo was shown a red card two minutes after the equaliser.

Elsewhere, Elche FC moved up to 15th with a 1-0 win against UD Almería, while bottom side Real Betis Balompié boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 win against RCD Espanyol, Rubén Castro scoring both.

Last updated: 02/02/14 23.32CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/02/2014 22:51 CET

02/02/2014

AthleticAthletic21:00Real MadridReal Madrid
Venue: Bilbao

02/02/2014

AtléticoAtlético4-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Villa 38, Diego Costa 72, Miranda 74, Diego 87

Venue: Madrid

02/02/2014

BetisBetis2-0EspanyolEspanyol

Rubén Castro 71, 89

Venue: Sevilla

02/02/2014

ElcheElche1-0AlmeríaAlmería

Herrera 58

Venue: Elche

01/02/2014

MálagaMálaga3-2SevillaSevilla

Duda 31 (P), 83, García Sánchez 77

Bacca 49, Fazio 66

Venue: Malaga

01/02/2014

GetafeGetafe0-0ValladolidValladolid

Venue: Madrid

01/02/2014

LevanteLevante0-0Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Venue: Valencia

01/02/2014

BarcelonaBarcelona2-3ValenciaValencia

Alexis Sánchez 7, Messi 54 (P)

Parejo 44, Piatti 48, Paco Alcácer 59

Venue: Barcelona

31/01/2014

GranadaGranada1-2CeltaCelta

El Arabi 41

Cabral 28, Fernandez 88

Venue: Granada

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