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La Liga: Atletico Madrid beat Malaga to go top

Atletico Madrid beat Malaga to move top of La Liga

Atletico Madrid moved top of La Liga as Koke scored the only goal of the game in a narrow win against Malaga.

The Spain international midfielder, 21, struck midway through the second half, slotting home after Adrian's shot was saved.

Malaga had packed the defence with the aim of stifling Atletico and had few opportunities, with Eliseu's first-half effort easily saved.

Atletico are three points clear of Barcelona, who play Elche on Sunday.

However, Barca can return to the top of the table with a win.

"It was a victory earned by the group because it was a very difficult game," sad Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

"Malaga tried to give us the ball, take advantage of the counter-attack and they defended well.

"We weren't creating a lot of chances, but in the end the team managed to win the game."

Chances were few throughout as Atletico struggled to break down Malaga's five-man defence.

Juanfran saw his low drive parried by Malaga keeper Willy Caballero in the first half, before Eliseu's shot was held by Thibaut Courtois.

Simeone brought on Adrian for the second half, with Oliver Torres making way, and the Spain international soon caused Malaga problems.

He played an important role in Atletico's winner, as his shot was blocked by the legs of Caballero but the rebound fell kindly for Koke to finish with ease.

Line-ups

Málaga

  • 13Caballero
  • 2Gámez
  • 5AntunesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pena de Oliveira
  • 15AngeleriBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMoralesat 77'minutes
  • 21Sánchez
  • 18EliseuSubstituted forBarbosa Valenteat 66'minutes
  • 6Camacho
  • 26JuanmiSubstituted forSanta Cruzat 66'minutes
  • 30DarderBooked at 24mins
  • 24García SánchezBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1Kameni
  • 4Ferreira
  • 8Portillo
  • 9Santa Cruz
  • 10Anderson
  • 14Morales
  • 17Barbosa Valente

Atl Madrid

  • 13CourtoisBooked at 83mins
  • 20JuanfranBooked at 53mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5TiagoBooked at 26mins
  • 23MirandaBooked at 10mins
  • 2Godín
  • 10TuranSubstituted forRodríguezat 62'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 6Koke
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 76mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forAlderweireldat 85'minutes
  • 16ÓliverSubstituted forAdriánat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7Adrián
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 15Guilavogui
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa
Referee:
José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
Attendance:
30,000

Match Stats

Home TeamMálagaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Weligton.

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

Foul by Jesús Gámez (Málaga).

Dangerous play by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Vitorino Antunes (Málaga).

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Diego Godín.

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Weligton (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Samuel (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

Booking

Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Toby Alderweireld replaces David Villa.

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

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

Attempt blocked. Sergio Sánchez (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Miranda.

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Duda (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Pedro Morales (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sergi Darder.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Darder (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Morales with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Pedro Morales replaces Marcos Angeleri.

Booking

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

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

Willy Caballero (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Samuel (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Duda with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Diego Godín.

Goal!

Goal! Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

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

Attempt saved. Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roque Santa Cruz.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián tries a through ball, but Cristian Rodríguez is caught offside.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Sánchez.

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