Spanish La Liga
Celta de Vigo0Atl Madrid2

Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

David Villa scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Celta Vigo to go top of La Liga.

Following Barcelona's shock defeat at Real Valladolid and with Real Madrid not in action until Sunday, Atletico knew a victory would take them top courtesy of their head-to-head record with Real.

But for the first hour it looked like Atletico, with top scorer Diego Costa absent through suspension, were going to be frustrated.

Raul Garcia hit a shot from the wing 45 yards from goal that bounced over the crossbar, and Villa forced a good save from Yoel down low with Garcia unable to capitalise on the rebound.

Celta Vigo offered little going forward although Charles did force a close-range save from Thibaut Courtois.

And when Atletico's opener came it was from a Celta error.

Jonny Castro's horrible backpass was intercepted by Villa, who charged forward and slammed past Yoel at his near post.

And 90 seconds later the Spain international had doubled their lead. Substitute Jose Sosa, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, squared the ball from the right to Villa, who slammed home past Yose.

Mid-table Celta never looked like mounting a comeback with Alex Lopez's shot straight at Courtois as good as it got.

Real Madrid will return to the top of the table if they avoid defeat in their game in hand against Levante on Sunday.

Line-ups

Celta de Vigo

  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 2Mallo Novegil
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 4Oubiña
  • 22Cabral
  • 3Fontás
  • 8López
  • 23Krohn-DehliSubstituted forMadindaat 74'minutes
  • 11Dias de OliveiraBooked at 19minsSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 68'minutes
  • 14OrellanaSubstituted forFernándezat 60'minutes
  • 10Agudo Durán

Substitutes

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 17Madinda
  • 21López
  • 24Fernández
  • 25Soares
  • 29Mina Lorenzo

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Juanfran
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 4SuárezBooked at 31mins
  • 23MirandaBooked at 66mins
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 8Raúl García
  • 14GabiBooked at 8mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forAdriánat 84'minutes
  • 21DiegoSubstituted forRodríguezat 74'minutes
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSosaat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7Adrián
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 18Giménez
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa
  • 37Nana Asare
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
29,600

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta de VigoAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.
Attempt blocked. Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nolito.
Attempt saved. Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl García.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa tries a through ball, but Adrián is caught offside.
Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).
Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces David Villa.
Attempt missed. Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by José Sosa with a cross.
Álex López (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).
Foul by Álex López (Celta de Vigo).
José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Santi Mina.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Lévy Madinda replaces Michael Krohn-Dehli.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Diego.
Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).
Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Charles.
Attempt blocked. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thibaut Courtois.

Booking

Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Charles (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Sosa.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Koke.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Augusto Fernández replaces Fabián Orellana.
Attempt saved. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego.
Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Villa following a fast break.
Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).
Álex López (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.
Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.
Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).
Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Andreu Fontás (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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