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.
Celta de Vigo
- 13Rodríguez Oterino
- 2Mallo Novegil
- 19Castro Otto
- 23Krohn-DehliSubstituted forMadindaat 74'minutes
- 11Dias de OliveiraBooked at 19minsSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 68'minutes
- 14OrellanaSubstituted forFernándezat 60'minutes
- 10Agudo Durán
- 1Álvarez Conde
- 29Mina Lorenzo
- 3Filipe Luis
- 4SuárezBooked at 31mins
- 23MirandaBooked at 66mins
- 8Raúl García
- 14GabiBooked at 8mins
- 9VillaSubstituted forAdriánat 84'minutes
- 21DiegoSubstituted forRodríguezat 74'minutes
- 6KokeSubstituted forSosaat 60'minutes
- 37Nana Asare
- Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
- Shots on Target