Atletico Madrid are top of La Liga with nine games left as Diego Costa scored his 23rd league goal of the season to help them beat 10-man Real Betis.

Atletico are now level on points with Real Madrid but go above their city rivals, who lost to Barcelona, on their head-to-head record.

Betis's Braian Rodriguez was sent off with the match goalless.

Gabi opened the scoring from 20 yards before Costa doubled the lead from close range.

Atletico's fine season under coach Diego Simeone means there is a chance of a team other than Real or Barca winning La Liga for the first time since Valencia were champions 10 years ago.

If Atletico and Real finish the season level on points, the former will take the title as they have a better head-to-head record thanks to the 2-2 draw at the Vincente Calderon and a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu in September, the only home game Real have not won this term.

Barcelona, who host Atletico on the final day, are one point off the Madrid duo.

Atletico initially struggled to create chances against bottom of the table Betis, but the match turned when forward Rodriguez earned a second yellow card for a handball in the 56th minute and was sent off.

Midfielder Gabi opened the scoring two minutes later, firing the ball into the corner from distance, and Spain striker Costa added a second from Koke's neat headed layoff in the 64th minute.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Real Betis

  • 01 Adán
  • 04 Amaya (Nono - 27' )
  • 02 Chica Torres
  • 21 Reyes (Matilla - 75' Booked )
  • 03 Paulão
  • 25 Jordi
  • 11 Juanfran
  • 18 N'Diaye
  • 19 Molina Booked
  • 16 Rodríguez Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 17 Pérez López (Cedrick - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Matilla
  • 07 Vadillo
  • 08 Nono
  • 13 Sara
  • 22 Cedrick
  • 24 Castro
  • 42 Varela

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 03 Filipe Luis Booked
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 06 Koke (Sosa - 83' )
  • 04 Suárez
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 08 Raúl García (Diego - 60' Booked )
  • 10 Turan (Villa - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 09 Villa
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 21 Diego
  • 22 Insúa
  • 24 Sosa
Ref: Javier Estrada Fernández
Att: 31,132

Match Stats

Shots

5 9

On target

1 2

Corners

0 7

Fouls

18 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

90:00 +2:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

90:00 +1:27

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

90:00 +1:27

Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:17 Booking

Booking Cedrick (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:06

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

88:34 Booking

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

88:27

Foul by Diego (Atlético de Madrid).

88:27

Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:59

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

85:59

Foul by Nono (Real Betis).

85:24

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

85:24

Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:28

Attempt saved. Jorge Molina (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cedrick.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Koke.

81:52

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

81:52

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).

80:59

Hand ball by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

78:59

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

78:59

Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:31

Attempt missed. Nono (Real Betis) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javi Chica.

76:52

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

75:36

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

75:36

Foul by Javi Chica (Real Betis).

74:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Betis. Javier Matilla replaces Lorenzo Reyes.

74:15

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

74:15

Foul by Nono (Real Betis).

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Betis. Cedrick replaces Juan Carlos.

68:33

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

67:56

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

67:56

Foul by Javi Chica (Real Betis).

65:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. David Villa replaces Arda Turan.

63:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Koke with a headed pass.

61:14

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

60:21 Booking

Booking Jorge Molina (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.

60:17

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

60:17

Jorge Molina (Real Betis).

59:54 Substitution

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

59:04

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

57:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arda Turan.

56:26

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

56:26

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:00 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) for hand ball.

54:54

Hand ball by Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis).

53:50

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Juanfran.

52:50

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

52:50

Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:51

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

51:51

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:24

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

50:24

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).

47:17

Juan Carlos (Real Betis) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jorge Molina with a through ball.

46:40

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

45:22

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Juan Carlos.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

44:22

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Suárez with a headed pass.

44:00

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Braian Rodríguez.

42:57

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

42:57

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

41:45

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

40:30 Booking

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

40:25

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

40:25

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:39

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Javi Chica.

35:41

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

35:41

Foul by Juan Carlos (Real Betis).

32:52

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

32:52

Paulao (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:56 Booking

Booking Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:47

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

28:47

Foul by Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis).

26:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Betis. Nono replaces Antonio Amaya because of an injury.

24:41

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jordi Figueras.

24:38

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

24:03

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

24:03

Foul by Lorenzo Reyes (Real Betis).

22:51

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

22:09

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Javi Chica.

21:28

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

21:28

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

21:03

Dangerous play by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

21:03

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:03

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

18:03

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

16:10

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

16:10

Juan Carlos (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:53

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

12:53

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

11:48

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

9:02

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

9:02

Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:26

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Filipe Luis with a cross.

8:09

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

8:09

Foul by Jorge Molina (Real Betis).

5:19

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Amaya.

5:15

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan with a cross.

4:37

Foul by Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis).

4:37

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

4:06

Attempt missed. Juan Carlos (Real Betis) left footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Javi Chica.

3:06

Attempt missed. Juanfran (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

2:22

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

1:27

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

1:27

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:42

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

0:42

Foul by Lorenzo Reyes (Real Betis).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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