Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid as it happened

Live text commentary as Atletico Madrid go top of the Spanish table, following Barcelona's shock defeat.

8 March 2014 Last updated at 18:50

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  1. 21:05: 

    Real's La Liga hopes are firmly in their own hands with 12 games to go - it is their title to lose now. They are unbeaten in 29 matches, but eyes are inevitably drawn to one fixture further down the list - 'El Clasico'. Los Blancos host Barcelona in a fortnight's time at the Bernabeu in a match which is almost certain to have a huge bearing on the destination of the title.

    But, first, can they do the business against Levante? Who knows in this helter skelter of a La Liga ride? But we will be bringing you every kick of the action from the Bernabeu. Make sure you return to the BBC Sport website at 1800 GMT on Sunday for our live text commentary. Adios!

  2. 20:57: 
    Real Madrid v Levante (Sun)

    But Real have a man at the helm who has been there, done it and got the title-winning T-shirts. Oh, and in three different countries. Unsurprisingly, ex-Milan, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is as cool as a cucumber ahead of their match against Levante.

    "The atmosphere in the dressing room is calm and the players are excited. This is an important period of the season," says the Italian. "Levante did well in their last few matches. We have to be patient and play with intensity because it won't be easy."

  3. 20:54: 
    FULL-TIME- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    But Real can climb back above their neighbours, who currently lead on head-to-head after taking four points from Carlo Ancelotti's men this season, by beating Getafe in their game in hand at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

  4. 20:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    So what does that mean in the Spanish title race? It means Atletico, who had lost their previous two away games, are still right in the mixer. Diego Simeone's men spend Saturday night on the top of the pile, looking down on illustrious rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

  5. 20:49: 
    FULL-TIME- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid
    David Villa

    A few half-heartened jeers from around the Estadio de Balaidos as the referee calls time on a mahoosive victory for Atletico! Spain striker David Villa will be toast of Madrid - well, half of the Spanish capital anyway - after showing his quality with two ruthless finishes in the space of 90 seconds around the hour mark.

  6. 20:47: 
    INJURY TIME- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    Still Celta continue with their pretty, passing play but their lack of cutting edge has been damning. Luis Enrique's men have only had two shots on target and they have been punished by the clinical visitors. The fourth official waves his electronic board around the ground - there will be two minutes of added time.

  7. 20:43: 
    FINAL FIVE- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    The clock is ticking down as another Celta attack breaks down after a stray pass by Nolito inside the Atletico half. If the hosts want to nick something from this game then they had better move quickly...

  8. 20:41: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    David Villa's night is over as he is replaced by Adrian Lopez. He trudges off looking a little disappointed, because he will have wanted a hat-trick and the matchball to take home. But Villa does manage to raise a smile as he high-fives his way along the Atletico bench - he knows how vital that brace could be in the title race.

  9. 20:37: 
    TEN TO GO- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid
    Diego Simeone

    David Villa is like a hungry dog - always sniffing around the ankles of an opposing defender. The Atletico striker senses another opportunity as he bounds after a hopeful long ball, before Celta goalkeeper Yoel scrambles clear. Ten minutes for Diego Simeone's men to see out this priceless win.

  10. 20:32: 
    Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    Back to now though, and Atletico are cruising along at a leisurely old pace. The Celta fans are stunned into silence, their players shocked into submission. The visitors are content to sit back and allow Celta to prettily knock the ball around in front of their two barricading banks of four.

  11. 20:27: 
    Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    But the title is still firmly in Real Madrid's hands. Win all of their remaining 12 fixtures - starting against Levante at the Bernabeu on Sunday - and the title is back in the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo and co. Simple eh?

  12. 20:24: 
    Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

    How good a finisher is David Villa? That man is deadly in front of goal. He has touched the ball less than any other player tonight - but he has enjoyed the two that have mattered. Atletico are going top of La Liga - courtesy of their better head-to-head record against rivals Real - as this result stands.

  13. 20:20: 
    GOAL- Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid - David Villa (64 mins)

    They'd barely finished celebrating their first before David Villa doubles their lead. Substitute Jose Sosa, who has only been on the pitch four minutes, squares the ball from the right, it lands to Villa in acres of space and he slams home past Yose.

  14. 20:18: 
    GOAL- Celta Vigo 0-1 Atletico Madrid - David Villa (62 mins)

    There is life in the old(ish) man yet! Spain striker David Villa has made a healthy living off sniffing out goals over the years and he makes no mistake when a stray backpass from Jonny Castro falls at his feet. He shows decent pace to hold off a host of Celta Vigo defenders before coolly converting the opener.

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    Dancun Kimulwo: I don't think it's over yet. There are still twists and turns ahead in La Liga unlike the EPL and Bundesliga who have frontrunners.

  16. 20:16: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta press again as Charles stings the palms of Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois, before the visitors spring on to the front foot with more menace than a nightclub bouncer. But they can't hit the target as David Villa is denied from a tight angle.

  17. 20:13: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta boss Luis Enrique has a reputation as a bright, creative coach and here's a well-thought set piece straight from his coaching manual. After a flurry of false runs, the ball is played right from the edge of the area to Fabian Orellan, who whips in a cross which flies agonisingly over the heads of his team-mates. Nice move.

  18. 20:09: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    A half chance for Atletico almost becomes a good chance as Raul Garcia lets fly from outside the Vigo box. It looks meat and drink for Vigo keeper Yoel until a big, dirty deflection almost catches him wrong-footed. He manages to readjust and gathers at the second attempt.

  19. 20:06: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Diego Simeone will have been prowling about the Atletico dressing room at the break, and his side start the second half like they mean business. The away team are hogging the ball without creating an opening... yet.

  20. 20:02: 
    KICK-OFF- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    We're back under way on the north-west coast of Spain. Atletico need a win here.

  21. 19:59:  
    French Ligue 1HALF-TIME

    And that's not all from across the Channel - there are five other matches currently being played:

    Guingamp 0-0 Evian Thonon Gaillard

    Monaco 1-0 Sochaux

    Nantes 1-1 Ajaccio

    Toulouse 0-2 Reims

    Valenciennes 0-0 Rennes

  22. 19:56:  
    French Ligue 1FULL-TIME
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Over in France, Paris St-Germain went 11 points top for a few hours at least with a 3-0 win over Bastia.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored their 100th goal of the season and then assisted Ezequiel Lavezzi with an exquisite aerial backheel 50 yards out. Lavezzi added a late third.

  23. 19:53:  
    German BundesligaFULL-TIME

    But Bayern's comfortable win was not the only German game today - there was a feast of action in the Bundesliga. Here's what happened:

    Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Augsburg

    Hamburg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

    Hannover 96 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Schalke 4-0 Hoffenheim

    Stuttgart 2-2 Braunschweig

    Nurnberg 0-2 Werder Bremen

  24. 19:51:  
    German BundesligaFULL-TIME
    Bayern celebrate

    While the Spanish title race is still wide open, the same cannot be said about the German equivalent. Earlier, runaway leaders Bayern Munich battled back from behind to thrash Wolfsburg 6-1 and claim a record 16th straight Bundesliga win.

    Wolfsburg had the temerity to go ahead through Naldo, but Xherdan Shaqiri equalised before the European champions ran riot after the break with five goals in a devastating 17-minute spell.

    Germany forward Thomas Muller and ex-Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic each scored a brace, with Franck Ribery adding another for the title holders.

  25. 19:46: 
    HALF-TIME- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta Vigo left-back Jonny Castro - which sounds like the name of a bitpart character in 'The Godfather' - finds himself in all sorts of space in the left channel of the Atletico box. Can he get a shot away? No. He is ushered away quickly by a gang of Atletico defenders and the chance goes begging. And that's virtually the last kick of an even first half.

  26. 19:43: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    But it is the other end where a breakthrough is almost found. Some intricate, and slightly fortunate, play puts in Vigo striker Charles and he pokes goalwards from a tight angle. But away keeper Thibaut Courtois races out like Peter Schmeichel in his pomp to block the Brazilian's effort.

  27. 19:41: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico are lacking a cutting edge without top scorer Diego Costa and tricky winger Ardan Turan, who are both suspended. Spain striker David Villa is toiling up front, but he is relying on better support and build-up play from his team-mates.

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    Abdulkadir Hussaini Dambo: You can not win all the time you can not lose forever, sorry Barca.

    Akot John Mou: Barca are losers, they can't win this season's la liga. Real Madrid are the favourite.

    Roly Oner: They played with no heart or emotion. Messi looked like he's was somewhere throwing up again and Tata is such a terrible manager for this team.

  29. 19:37: 
    Barca reaction
    Tata Martino

    So why did Barcelona fail at Real Valladolid? Because they didn't play like Barcelona, says boss Tata Martino.

    "The team lacked ideas but not intensity. We completely failed in generating play and that's what stopped us from getting the result," explained the Argentine.

    "We lacked what makes us Barca; good elaboration in our build-up, finding spaces, breaking through on the wings and having depth. But we didn't lack attitude."

  30. 19:34: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Even steven in the opening half hour with title hopefuls Atletico looking solid if not spectacular. And then they survive another huge penalty shout from the hosts. Gustavo Cabral's smashes a low shot into the midriff of Atletico defender Toby Alderweireld. The home crowd are jeering, whistling and waving their white hankies as they claim a penalty. The referee is unmoved for the second time - and right for the second time. Never a penalty.

  31. 19:30: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    For all their neat and attractive football, Celta have struggled to make that count in terms of goals against the teams in the top half of La Liga. But they remain patient against Atletico, probing for an opener, before Hugo Mallo drags a shot wide.

  32. 19:27: 
    CLOSE!- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico crank up the pressure. An outrageous long-range effort from Raul Garcia, who is stood on the touchline near the halfway line, almost catches scrambling Vigo keeper Yoel off his line. Yoel is relieved to see the ball bounce over his crossbar, before he regains composure to push Koke's angled shot to safety seconds later.

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  34. 19:22: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Vigo have impressed many with their neat, attacking play and they are showing glimpses of that here against Atletico. Openings have been rare for either side, but Celta's Alex Lopez comes nearest when he fires an angled shot across the away goal.

  35. 19:18: 
    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid
    Luis Enrique

    Another candidate to take over at Barca in the not-so-distance future could be Vigo boss Luis Enrique. You may remember him as a dashing attacking midfielder who represented the Catalan giants with distinction between 1996 and 2004. Now he is impressing on the touchline, with Vigo defying the odds this season.

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    Gerardo Martino

    Will Martino last much longer at the Nou Camp? The Argentine was very cagey about his future when quizzed in his pre-match media conference on Friday. Can you see him being there next season? If not who will replace him? Jurgen Klopp? Xavi? He fancies a crack at the job - but not yet though.

  37. 19:12: 
    Barca slip up
    Lionel Messi looks upset

    If you haven't had a chance to read our report of Barcelona's shock 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid, here's a quick recap.

    Valladolid, who started the day in the relegation zone, took the lead in the 17th minute through Fausto Rossi, who fired home after he and Javi Guerra had shots blocked.

    The visitors huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, with Lionel Messi prominent as you would expect, but they could break down the dogged hosts. And their second straight away defeat heaps the pressure on boss Tata Martino.

  38. 19:08: 
    CLOSE!- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Replays suggest the official got that decision right, with on-loan Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois swiping the ball away before his momentum takes out his opponent. But Celta are buoyed by that and skipper Borja Oubina tries his luck by distance, only to fire wide.

  39. 19:06: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    The home fans find their voice to raise the decibel level inside the Estadio de Balaidos. They howl for a penalty when striker Nolito tumbles over a sliding tackle by Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois, but the referee is non-plussed. No penalty.

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    It has been a quiet start in Vigo as Atletico enjoy most of the early possession without creating an opening.

    But that does not mean you lot can't stretch your vocal chords. Tell us where you think the Spanish title will end up by texting 81111 or tweeting #bbceurofooty.

  41. 19:01: 
    KICK-OFF- Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    The referee gives his whistle a good toot and that means we are under way in the Estadio de Balaidos.

  42. 18:59: 
    Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (1900 GMT)

    Someone important is missing from that Atletico starting XI - and he goes by the name of Diego Costa. Atletico's top scorer, who made his Spain debut this week after controversially switching allegiance from his country of birth Brazil, is suspended.

  43. 18:57: 
    LINE-UPS- Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (1900 GMT)

    Celta Vigo: Yoel, Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Fontàs, Jonny, Oubiña, Álex López, Krohn-Dehli, Orellana, Nolito, Charles.

    Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Miranda, Juanfran, Filipe Luis, Alderweireld, Diego, Gabi, Mario Suárez, Raúl García, Koke, David Villa.

  44. 18:54: 

    Hola amigos! And welcome to another BBC Sport jaunt over to mainland Europe. Tonight we are focusing specifically on Spain as we take a close look at the latest chapter in this ever-unfolding La Liga title race.

    Put your hands up if you expected Barcelona to slip up at Valladolid? Nope, me neither. But they did - and that means Madrid rivals Atletico and Real have golden opportunities to make the Catalans pay.

    Atletico are the first to take aim as they travel to mid-table Celta Vigo. Beat this lot and Diego Simeone's men will go above Barcelona and Real Madrid to the top of the table.

  45. 18:50: 
    Atletico Madrid

    Two is company, three is a crowd, goes the old saying.

    And for years Real Madrid and Barcelona have only had eyes on each other at the top of the Spanish La Liga. Not this season. Now the pair are glancing nervously at another young buck who has romantic designs on the main prize.

    They said it would never last - but it seems Atletico Madrid's challenge is proving to be the real thing.

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League Table

Spanish La Liga summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Real Madrid 12 35 30
No movement 2 Barcelona 12 24 28
No movement 3 Atl Madrid 12 11 26
No movement 4 Valencia 12 13 24
No movement 5 Sevilla 12 3 23
No movement 6 Málaga 12 3 21
No movement 7 Celta de Vigo 12 5 20
No movement 8 Villarreal 12 3 18
No movement 9 Ath Bilbao 12 -3 15
No movement 10 Getafe 12 -7 14
No movement 11 Rayo Vallecano 12 -9 14
No movement 12 Eibar 12 -6 13
No movement 13 Levante 12 -17 12
No movement 14 Espanyol 12 -4 11
No movement 15 Granada CF 12 -11 11
No movement 16 Real Sociedad 12 -4 10
No movement 17 Almería 12 -5 10
No movement 18 Deportivo de La Coruña 12 -9 10
No movement 19 Elche 12 -12 10
No movement 20 Córdoba 12 -10 7

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