Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid3Valencia0

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Valencia

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa celebrates scoring against Valencia

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.

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.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20JuanfranBooked at 36mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 14Gabi
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 10TuranSubstituted forAdriánat 85'minutes
  • 5Tiago
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 45mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 61'minutes
  • 6Koke

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7Adrián
  • 8Raúl García
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 16Óliver
  • 22Insúa

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 19Barragán
  • 18GuardadoSubstituted forPiattiat 76'minutes
  • 6RomeuBooked at 12mins
  • 5RuizBooked at 74mins
  • 22Mathieu
  • 8FeghouliBooked at 15minsSubstituted forPabónat 66'minutes
  • 21ParejoBooked at 45mins
  • 7Gonçalves OliveiraSubstituted forAlcácer Garcíaat 60'minutes
  • 23Canales
  • 14Bernat

Substitutes

  • 2Piatti
  • 10Banega
  • 11Pabón
  • 12João Pereira
  • 13Guaita
  • 15Fuego Martínez
  • 16Alcácer García
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
46,200

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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.

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

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Arda Turan.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF).

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

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.

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

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

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

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

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

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Pablo Piatti replaces Andrés Guardado.

Foul by Víctor Ruiz (Valencia CF).

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

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

Booking

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

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

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

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

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

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dorlan Pabón.

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

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

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Dorlan Pabón replaces Sofiane Feghouli.

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.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

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

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

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