Diego Costa scored two goals as Atletico Madrid went level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga after a comfortable win against Valencia.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring after an uneventful first half with a quality low finish after cutting into the Valencia penalty area.

Substitute Raul Garcia doubled the lead with an angled strike from seven yards before Costa missed a penalty.

But he made amends by scoring from the spot after being fouled again.

Home sweet home

This was Atletico's eighth straight La Liga home win - their last defeat at the Vicente Calderon coming on 12 May against Barcelona.

Costa now has 21 goals this season and he once again propelled Atletico to a deserved victory which sent them five points clear of neighbours Real Madrid.

More importantly they are on 43 points - the same number as Barcelona, who they entertain on 21 January.

Atletico, who last won La Liga in 1995-96, have now kept three successive clean sheets in La Liga.

Valencia are ninth in the table after a fifth defeat in eight games for Miroslav Dukic's side.

They were not helped by some poor defending which saw Victor Ruiz and Antonio Barragan concede needless penalties.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran Booked
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 10 Turan (Adrián - 85' )
  • 05 Tiago
  • 19 Diego Costa Booked
  • 09 Villa (Raúl García - 61' )
  • 06 Koke

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 07 Adrián
  • 08 Raúl García
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 16 Óliver
  • 22 Insúa

Valencia

  • 01 Diego Alves
  • 19 Barragán
  • 18 Guardado (Piatti - 76' )
  • 06 Romeu Booked
  • 05 Ruiz Booked
  • 22 Mathieu
  • 08 Feghouli Booked (Pabón - 66' )
  • 21 Parejo Booked
  • 07 Gonçalves Oliveira (Alcácer García - 60' )
  • 23 Canales
  • 14 Bernat

Substitutes

  • 02 Piatti
  • 10 Banega
  • 11 Pabón
  • 12 João Pereira
  • 13 Guaita
  • 15 Fuego Martínez
  • 16 Alcácer García
Ref: David Fernández Borbalán
Att: 46,200

Match Stats

Shots

14 3

On target

6 0

Corners

8 1

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Valencia CF 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Valencia CF 0.

90:00 +2:47

Attempt saved. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Costa.

90:00 +1:21

Attempt missed. Dorlan Pabón (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paco Alcácer.

90:00 +0:24

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

86:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:30

Delay in match Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

84:40

Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:40

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

84:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Arda Turan.

83:09

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF).

83:09

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

80:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Valencia CF 0. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

79:32

Penalty conceded by Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) after a foul in the penalty area.

79:32

Penalty Atlético de Madrid. Diego Costa draws a foul in the penalty area.

78:38

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

78:36

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

77:17

Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:17

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

76:00

Dorlan Pabón (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:00

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

75:29

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

75:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Pablo Piatti replaces Andrés Guardado.

74:46

Foul by Víctor Ruiz (Valencia CF).

74:46

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

73:49

Penalty saved! Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

73:33 Booking

Booking Víctor Ruiz (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:57

Penalty conceded by Víctor Ruiz (Valencia CF) after a foul in the penalty area.

72:57

Penalty Atlético de Madrid. Diego Costa draws a foul in the penalty area.

70:51

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

70:19

Attempt missed. Juan Bernat (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

67:18

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dorlan Pabón.

67:16

Attempt blocked. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

65:42

Sergio Canales (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:42

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

65:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Dorlan Pabón replaces Sofiane Feghouli.

62:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Valencia CF 0. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

60:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces David Villa.

60:24

Delay in match Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) because of an injury.

59:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Paco Alcácer replaces Jonas.

58:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, Valencia CF 0. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Godín following a fast break.

56:16

Attempt missed. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Miranda with a cross.

55:25

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

55:04

Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabi.

54:02

Foul by Sergio Canales (Valencia CF).

54:02

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

53:13

Foul by Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF).

53:13

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:09

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

50:29

Attempt missed. Sergio Canales (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Bernat following a fast break.

47:50

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:50

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

47:29

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Koke.

45:00

Second Half begins Atlético de Madrid 0, Valencia CF 0.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Valencia CF 0.

44:33 Booking

Booking Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

44:31 Booking

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

44:20

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

42:55

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Valencia CF).

42:55

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

42:39

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

37:07

Attempt missed. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Diego Costa with a through ball following a fast break.

35:40 Booking

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

35:34

Andrés Guardado (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:34

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

30:52

Hand ball by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

27:41

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

23:53

Foul by Sergio Canales (Valencia CF).

23:53

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

22:50

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Villa.

22:01

Dangerous play by Sergio Canales (Valencia CF).

22:01

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

20:33

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

19:03

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Valencia CF).

19:03

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

18:01

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:01

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

15:39

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

14:46 Booking

Booking Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

14:24

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

14:24

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

12:25

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Miranda is caught offside.

11:31 Booking

Booking Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

11:27

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF).

11:27

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

9:54

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:54

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

9:23

Foul by Víctor Ruiz (Valencia CF).

9:23

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

3:47

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Valencia CF).

3:47

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

1:13

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Miranda.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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