Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid3Levante2

Atletico Madrid 3-2 Levante

Diego Costa

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.

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.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Juanfran
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5Tiago
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 90mins
  • 6KokeSubstituted forAdriánat 64'minutes
  • 14GabiBooked at 13mins
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 9VillaSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 60'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 10Turan

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7Adrián
  • 8Raúl García
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 15Guilavogui
  • 17Manquillo

Levante

  • 1Navas
  • 6Vyntra
  • 15KarabelasBooked at 45mins
  • 23DiopBooked at 67mins
  • 4Navarro
  • 12García GarcíaBooked at 90mins
  • 19López MuñozBooked at 56minsSubstituted forRodríguez Díazat 85'minutes
  • 24Mate JuniorSubstituted forda Silva Pintoat 87'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 7Barral
  • 11García SantosBooked at 11mins
  • 21IvanschitzSubstituted forRíosat 34'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gomis
  • 8El Zhar
  • 9Rodríguez Díaz
  • 13Jiménez Camarero
  • 16El Adoua
  • 18da Silva Pinto
  • 20Ríos
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
48,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 2.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

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.

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

Booking

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

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Adrián.

Dismissal

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

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Tiago.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Sergio Pinto (Levante).

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.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Raúl García.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Sergio Pinto replaces Simao.

Booking

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

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Ángel replaces Pedro López.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Pedro López.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

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

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.

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

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

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

Foul by Pedro Ríos (Levante).

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

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Pedro Ríos.

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

Booking

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

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

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