Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid went top of La Liga for 24 hours at least with victory over Levante.

Levante led after 59 seconds when Andreas Ivanschitz fired home but Diego Godin headed home an equaliser.

Costa put Atletico ahead with a close-range volley only for Pedro Rios to level following a run from the halfway line.

But Costa scored again, this time from a penalty, to win it for the hosts and 12th-placed Levante had Juanfran sent off late on for an off-the-ball clash with Filipe Luis.

Costa's 18th and 19th goals of the season take Atletico three points clear of Barcelona, who are away to Getafe on Sunday. If Barca fail to win or only win 1-0, Atletico will be top of the table until at least 5 January - after Spain's winter break.

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Atletico Madrid's win over Levante took them three points clear of Barcelona and eight above Real Madrid - albeit having played a game more.

Diego Simeone's side have only dropped points in two league games this season but their defence seemed to be half-asleep when Austrian Ivanschitz was played through and fired past Thibaut Courtois, who got a touch but was unable to keep it out.

The hosts levelled when defender Godin headed home Juanfran's right-wing cross. The Uruguayan almost scored a second when he blazed over the crossbar with a left-footed volley.

Two minutes after the break Costa made himself the top scorer in La Liga this season when he snuck in behind the Levante defence to fire home with a first-time finish.

And just when it looked like the hosts were cruising, 32-year-old Rios ran 40 yards before shooting past Courtois.

But as he has been on many occasions this season, Costa was Atletico's hero with a match-winning goal. His 77th-minute penalty, which was almost saved by Keylor Navas, came after Atletico's Juanfran nipped in ahead of Ruben Garcia and was brought down.

As the game was entering injury time, Levante's Juanfran was dismissed after clashing with Luis in the box and their hopes of scoring an equaliser went down the tunnel with him.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (5)

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 05 Tiago
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín Booked
  • 06 Koke (Adrián - 64' )
  • 14 Gabi Booked
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 09 Villa (Raúl García - 60' Booked )
  • 10 Turan

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 07 Adrián
  • 08 Raúl García
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 15 Guilavogui
  • 17 Manquillo

Levante

  • 01 Navas
  • 06 Vyntra
  • 15 Karabelas Booked
  • 23 Diop Booked
  • 04 Navarro
  • 12 García García Dismissed
  • 19 López Muñoz Booked (Rodríguez Díaz - 85' )
  • 24 Mate Junior (da Silva Pinto - 87' Booked )
  • 07 Barral
  • 11 García Santos Booked
  • 21 Ivanschitz (Ríos - 34' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Gomis
  • 08 El Zhar
  • 09 Rodríguez Díaz
  • 13 Jiménez Camarero
  • 16 El Adoua
  • 18 da Silva Pinto
  • 20 Ríos
Ref: José Luis González González
Att: 48,000

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

6 4

Corners

10 6

Fouls

16 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 2.

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 2.

90:00 +2:38

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

90:00 +2:38

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

90:00 +2:14

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

90:00 +1:27

Attempt missed. Rubén García (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

90:00 +1:14 Booking

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

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Adrián.

89:38 Dismissal

Dismissal Juanfran (Levante) is shown the red card for fighting.

88:56

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Tiago.

87:45 Booking

Booking Sergio Pinto (Levante) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:40

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

87:40

Foul by Sergio Pinto (Levante).

87:35

Attempt saved. Pape Diop (Levante) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergio Pinto with a cross.

87:08

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Raúl García.

86:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Levante. Sergio Pinto replaces Simao.

86:21 Booking

Booking Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

86:18

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

86:18

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Levante. Ángel replaces Pedro López.

82:57

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Pedro López.

81:24

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

81:24

Pape Diop (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:17

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

79:17

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:01

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

79:01

Juanfran (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 2. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

75:12

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

75:12

Penalty conceded by Rubén García (Levante) after a foul in the penalty area.

73:33

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

73:33

Foul by Pedro Ríos (Levante).

72:26

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

72:26

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

71:14

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

71:14

Keylor Navas (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:44

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Pedro Ríos.

70:42

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

66:59 Booking

Booking Pape Diop (Levante) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:55

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

66:55

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

66:12

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

66:12

Foul by Pedro López (Levante).

65:44

Offside, Levante. Pape Diop tries a through ball, but David Barral is caught offside.

64:01

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

63:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Koke.

61:25

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

60:29

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

60:29

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

59:31 Substitution

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

59:09

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

59:09

Foul by Simao (Levante).

58:12

Foul by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

58:12

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Levante 2. Pedro Ríos (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

55:29

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Nikos Karabelas.

55:23

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

55:07 Booking

Booking Pedro López (Levante) is shown the yellow card.

53:56

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

53:56

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

53:46

Attempt blocked. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

49:16

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

49:16

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

46:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Levante 1. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:58

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

45:58

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

45:00

Second Half begins Atlético de Madrid 1, Levante 1.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Levante 1.

45:00 +1:08

Attempt missed. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

45:00 +0:31 Booking

Booking Nikos Karabelas (Levante) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:21

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

45:00 +0:21

Foul by Nikos Karabelas (Levante).

43:55

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

42:52

Attempt missed. David Barral (Levante) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro López.

42:09

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

42:09

Rubén García (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:44

Attempt missed. David Barral (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

41:10

Attempt missed. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

40:53

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Loukas Vyntra.

39:23

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Loukas Vyntra.

37:36

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

37:36

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:27

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Pedro López.

36:25

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

34:42

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

34:42

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Levante. Pedro Ríos replaces Andreas Ivanschitz because of an injury.

31:21

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

30:52

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

30:52

Pape Diop (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, Levante 1. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

28:53

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

27:07

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

27:07

Foul by Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante).

26:18

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

26:18

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:48

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

24:48

Rubén García (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:00

Offside, Levante. Juanfran tries a through ball, but David Barral is caught offside.

19:40

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

19:40

Rubén García (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:16

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

17:34

Attempt saved. Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

17:13

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by David Navarro.

17:12

Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan with a cross.

16:43

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Nikos Karabelas.

14:28

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Nikos Karabelas.

12:44 Booking

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

12:32

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

12:32

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:41

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Juanfran.

11:18

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

11:18

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

10:12 Booking

Booking Rubén García (Levante) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

10:05

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

10:05

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

9:37

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Diego Costa.

9:08

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

9:06

Attempt saved. David Barral (Levante) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:50

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

6:09

Attempt missed. Rubén García (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

5:21

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:21

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

4:30

Pape Diop (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:30

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

3:54

Foul by Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante).

3:54

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

3:22

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

3:22

Foul by Nikos Karabelas (Levante).

0:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 0, Levante 1. Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikos Karabelas.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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