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Atletico Madrid 3-0 Valencia

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa celebrates scoring against Valencia

Diego Costa scored two goals as Atletico Madrid went level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga after a comfortable win against Valencia.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring after an uneventful first half with a quality low finish after cutting into the Valencia penalty area.

Substitute Raul Garcia doubled the lead with an angled strike from seven yards before Costa missed a penalty.

But he made amends by scoring from the spot after being fouled again.

Costa now has 21 goals this season and he once again propelled Atletico to a deserved victory which sent them five points clear of neighbours Real Madrid.

More importantly they are on 43 points - the same number as Barcelona, who they entertain on 21 January.

Atletico, who last won La Liga in 1995-96, have now kept three successive clean sheets in La Liga.

Valencia are ninth in the table after a fifth defeat in eight games for Miroslav Dukic's side.

They were not helped by some poor defending which saw Victor Ruiz and Antonio Barragan concede needless penalties.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres BelénBooked at 36mins
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 10TuranSubstituted forLópez Álvarezat 85'minutes
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 45mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forGarcía Escuderoat 61'minutes
  • 6Koke

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7López Álvarez
  • 8García Escudero
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 16Torres Muñoz
  • 22Insúa

Valencia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alves Carreira
  • 19Barragán
  • 18GuardadoSubstituted forPiattiat 76'minutes
  • 6RomeuBooked at 12mins
  • 5RuizBooked at 74mins
  • 22Mathieu
  • 8FeghouliBooked at 15minsSubstituted forPabónat 66'minutes
  • 21ParejoBooked at 45mins
  • 7Gonçalves OliveiraSubstituted forAlcácerat 60'minutes
  • 23Canales
  • 14Bernat

Substitutes

  • 2Piatti
  • 10Banega
  • 11Pabón
  • 12da Silva Pereira
  • 13Guaita
  • 15Fuego Martínez
  • 16Alcácer
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
46,200

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Valencia CF 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Valencia CF 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dorlan Pabón (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paco Alcácer.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Arda Turan.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Valencia CF 0. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) after a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Post update

    Penalty Atlético de Madrid. Diego Costa draws a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Dorlan Pabón (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 15th December 2013

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