Spanish La Liga
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Real Betis 0-2 Atlético Madrid

Atletico Madrid are top of La Liga with nine games left as Diego Costa scored his 23rd league goal of the season to help them beat 10-man Real Betis.

Atletico are now level on points with Real Madrid but go above their city rivals, who lost to Barcelona, on their head-to-head record.

Betis's Braian Rodriguez was sent off with the match goalless.

Gabi opened the scoring from 20 yards before Costa doubled the lead from close range.

Atletico's fine season under coach Diego Simeone means there is a chance of a team other than Real or Barca winning La Liga for the first time since Valencia were champions 10 years ago.

If Atletico and Real finish the season level on points, the former will take the title as they have a better head-to-head record thanks to the 2-2 draw at the Vincente Calderon and a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu in September, the only home game Real have not won this term.

Barcelona, who host Atletico on the final day, are one point off the Madrid duo.

Atletico initially struggled to create chances against bottom of the table Betis, but the match turned when forward Rodriguez earned a second yellow card for a handball in the 56th minute and was sent off.

Midfielder Gabi opened the scoring two minutes later, firing the ball into the corner from distance, and Spain striker Costa added a second from Koke's neat headed layoff in the 64th minute.

Line-ups

Real Betis

  • 1Adán
  • 4AmayaSubstituted forNonoat 27'minutes
  • 2Chica Torres
  • 21ReyesSubstituted forMatillaat 75'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 3Paulão
  • 25Jordi
  • 11Juanfran
  • 18N'Diaye
  • 19MolinaBooked at 61mins
  • 16RodríguezBooked at 55mins
  • 17Pérez LópezSubstituted forCedrickat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Matilla
  • 7Vadillo
  • 8Nono
  • 13Sara
  • 22Cedrick
  • 24Castro
  • 42Varela

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Juanfran
  • 3Filipe LuisBooked at 41mins
  • 14Gabi
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSosaat 83'minutes
  • 4Suárez
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 8Raúl GarcíaSubstituted forDiegoat 60'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10TuranSubstituted forVillaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 9Villa
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 21Diego
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
31,132

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.
Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).
Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Cedrick (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

Booking

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Diego (Atlético de Madrid).
Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nono (Real Betis).
Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).
Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Jorge Molina (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cedrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Koke.
Thibaut Courtois (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).
Hand ball by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).
Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).
Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Nono (Real Betis) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javi Chica.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego Costa tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.
David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Javi Chica (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Javier Matilla replaces Lorenzo Reyes.
Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nono (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Cedrick replaces Juan Carlos.
Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.
Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Javi Chica (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. David Villa replaces Arda Turan.

Goal!

Goal! Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Koke with a headed pass.
Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Booking

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.
(Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jorge Molina (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Diego replaces Raúl García.
Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Goal!

Goal! Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arda Turan.
Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).
Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) for hand ball.
Hand ball by Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis).
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Juanfran.
Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).
Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).
Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).
Juan Carlos (Real Betis) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jorge Molina with a through ball.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Koke is caught offside.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Juan Carlos.

Second Half

Second Half begins Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.
Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Suárez with a headed pass.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Braian Rodríguez.
Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.
goal