Diego Costa's 13th goal of the season helped Atletico Madrid return to within one point of leaders Barcelona and restore a five-point lead over Real with victory over Athletic Bilbao.

The striker's clinical finish added to David Villa's volleyed opener to secure an 11th La Liga win out of 12 matches.

And Costa has now moved level with Real's Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of Spain's top-flight goalscoring charts.

Bilbao were reduced to 10 men on 78 minutes when Erik Moran was sent off.

La Liga top scorers

  • 13 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
  • 8 - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 7 - Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla)

Valencia were the last team other than Barcelona or Real Madrid to win La Liga when they triumphed in 2004.

Only Villarreal have broken the stranglehold of the big two since, coming second behind Real and ahead of third-placed Barca in 2008.

Villa, who joined Atletico from Barcelona in the summer, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with a well-taken volley to take his tally for the season to six goals.

And Costa, 25, doubled the home side's lead seven minutes later when he raced on to a Koke throughball to fire past Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.

Bilbao, who did not manage a single shot on target, played the final 10 minutes with 10 men after substitute Moran picked up two bookings. Following the defeat, Los Leones stay fifth on 20 points.

Defending champions Barcelona, 1-0 winners at home to Espanyol in Friday's Catalan derby, have 34 points, with Atletico on 33 and Real, who beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 on Saturday, on 28.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (5)

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran Booked
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda Booked
  • 02 Godín Booked
  • 07 Adrián (Raúl García - 72' Booked )
  • 05 Tiago
  • 09 Villa (Rodríguez - 83' )
  • 19 Diego Costa Booked
  • 06 Koke

Substitutes

  • 08 Raúl García
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 15 Guilavogui
  • 16 Óliver
  • 22 Insúa
  • 35 Bounou

Athletic Bilbao

  • 01 Iraizoz
  • 15 Iraola Booked
  • 24 Balenziaga (Morán - 37' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
  • 06 San José
  • 18 Gurpegi
  • 04 Laporte (Albizua - 69' )
  • 17 Rico Moreno
  • 07 Etxebarria Urkiaga (Susaeta - 54' )
  • 20 Aduriz
  • 10 De Marcos
  • 19 Muniain Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Morán
  • 11 Gómez
  • 12 Albizua
  • 13 Herrerín Buisán
  • 14 Susaeta
  • 21 Herrera Agüera
  • 23 Ekiza
Ref: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
Att: 52,000

Match Stats

Shots

15 2

On target

8 0

Corners

3 0

Fouls

15 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Athletic Club 0.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Athletic Club 0.

90:00 +2:57

Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabi.

90:00 +1:44

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

89:41

Hand ball by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

89:03

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

88:16

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:16

Foul by Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club).

85:05

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:05

Foul by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

84:53

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:53

Foul by Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club).

82:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces David Villa.

82:21

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

82:21

Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:39

Attempt missed. Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Unai Albizua following a fast break.

79:52

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:52

Foul by Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club).

78:37 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Erik Morán (Athletic Club) for a bad foul.

78:32

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:32

Foul by Erik Morán (Athletic Club).

77:41

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

77:41

Unai Albizua (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:58

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Koke.

75:13 Booking

Booking Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:10

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

75:10

Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:41

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

74:41

Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:43 Booking

Booking Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

71:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces Adrián.

70:38

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but Adrián is caught offside.

69:34

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:34

Foul by Unai Albizua (Athletic Club).

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Athletic Club. Unai Albizua replaces Aymeric Laporte because of an injury.

64:26

Dangerous play by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

64:26

Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:48

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Carlos Gurpegi.

63:13 Booking

Booking Erik Morán (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:06

David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:06

Foul by Erik Morán (Athletic Club).

62:15

Hand ball by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

61:42

Attempt missed. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Costa following a fast break.

60:33

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

59:22 Booking

Booking Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:16

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

59:16

Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:37

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

58:37

Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:55

Attempt missed. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

57:45

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:45

Foul by Óscar De Marcos (Athletic Club).

57:29

Attempt saved. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrián with a cross.

53:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Athletic Club. Markel Susaeta replaces Beñat.

52:51

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Adrián is caught offside.

52:35

Hand ball by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

51:20

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:20

Foul by Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club).

49:37

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:37

Foul by Carlos Gurpegi (Athletic Club).

48:31

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

48:31

Beñat (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:51

Hand ball by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

47:18

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Erik Morán.

46:33

Hand ball by Iker Muniain (Athletic Club).

46:05

Attempt saved. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiago.

45:00

Second Half begins Atlético de Madrid 2, Athletic Club 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Athletic Club 0.

44:38

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Beñat.

44:36

Attempt blocked. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:52 Booking

Booking Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:44

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:44

Foul by Iker Muniain (Athletic Club).

42:37

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:37

Foul by Iker Muniain (Athletic Club).

40:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Athletic Club 0. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Koke with a through ball.

36:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Athletic Club. Erik Morán replaces Mikel Balenziaga because of an injury.

32:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, Athletic Club 0. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

30:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:39

Delay in match Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club) because of an injury.

28:23

Attempt missed. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

27:35

Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

26:38 Booking

Booking Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:35

Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:35

Foul by Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club).

25:53

Attempt saved. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

24:04

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

24:04

Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:16 Booking

Booking Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:11

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

22:11

Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:40

Hand ball by Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club).

18:20

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Koke with a through ball.

16:57

Attempt saved. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

16:04

David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:04

Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club).

15:45

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:45

Foul by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

14:34

Adrián (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:34

Foul by Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club).

8:09

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

8:09

Iker Muniain (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:27

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

6:18

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:18

Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club).

5:45 Booking

Booking Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

5:37

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

5:37

Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:36

Attempt missed. Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aritz Aduriz.

1:32

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

1:32

Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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