Spanish La Liga
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Rayo Vallecano 2-4 Atletico Madrid

Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid put their La Liga title charge back on track with a comfortable derby win against Rayo Vallecano.

David Villa side-footed in the opener for Atletico before Thibaut Courtois denied Rayo's Jonathan Viera's penalty.

Arda Turan made it 2-0 with a tap in, but Viera's deflected strike briefly gave Rayo hope.

Turan turned in Atletico's third at the far post, and an own goal by Saul made it 4-1 before Joaquin Larrivey's late consolation.

Diego Simeone's side had drawn their previous two games against Sevilla and Barcelona.

"It was important to win after two draws," said Atletico striker Villa.

"We had to win, that's the important thing, going ahead game by game. We can't think about the rest."

Atletico's first win since 4 January keeps the former leaders in a strong position as they challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title.

They are second in the standings with 54 points, level with leaders Barcelona but behind on goal difference. Real are one point and one place below their city rivals.

A 15th defeat of the season leaves Madrid-based Rayo still rooted in the relegation zone, five points from safety.

Line-ups

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13Martínez
  • 21Arbilla
  • 3Martínez García
  • 10Trashorras
  • 2Román Triguero
  • 22ÑíguezBooked at 63mins
  • 7BangouraSubstituted forRochinaat 57'minutes
  • 4BaenaBooked at 26minsSubstituted forCastilloat 76'minutes
  • 20Larrivey
  • 23Bueno
  • 19Viera RamosSubstituted forFalquéat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cobeño
  • 11Castillo
  • 16Rochina
  • 17Galeano
  • 24Falqué
  • 27Cueva
  • 32Embarba

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 17ManquilloBooked at 54mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 6Koke
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 24SosaSubstituted forÓliverat 61'minutesSubstituted forRodríguezat 64'minutes
  • 14Gabi
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 9VillaSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 80'minutes
  • 10Turan

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7Adrián
  • 8Raúl García
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 16Óliver
  • 22Insúa
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
14,100

Match Stats

Home TeamRayo VallecanoAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rayo Vallecano 2, Atlético de Madrid 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 2, Atlético de Madrid 4.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rubén Martínez.

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arda Turan.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

Attempt saved. Iago Falqué (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joaquín Larrivey with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joaquín Larrivey.

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano).

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

Attempt missed. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Iago Falqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Iago Falqué replaces Jonathan Viera.

Attempt missed. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Viera.

Foul by Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano).

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

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arda Turan following a fast break.

Foul by Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Nery Castillo replaces Raúl Baena.

Goal!

Goal! Rayo Vallecano 2, Atlético de Madrid 4. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Viera with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Rayo Vallecano 1, Atlético de Madrid 4. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Filipe Luis with a cross.

Attempt missed. Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Viera.

Attempt missed. Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi.

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Tito.

Foul by Anaitz Arbilla (Rayo Vallecano).

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

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

Attempt blocked. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Baena.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Diego Godín.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Koke.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Koke.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacho.

Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Óliver because of an injury.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Raúl Baena.

Booking

Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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