Spanish La Liga
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Real Betis 0-2 Atlético Madrid

Atletico 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 forDelgado Villarat 27'minutes
  • 2Chica Torres
  • 21ReyesSubstituted forMatillaat 75'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 3Santos Junior
  • 25Figueras Montel
  • 11Moreno Fuertes
  • 18A N'Diaye
  • 19MolinaBooked at 61mins
  • 16RodríguezBooked at 55mins
  • 17Pérez LópezSubstituted forMabwati Gerardat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Matilla
  • 7Vadillo
  • 8Delgado Villar
  • 13Sara
  • 22Mabwati Gerard
  • 24Castro
  • 42Varela

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 3Filipe LuísBooked at 41mins
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSosaat 83'minutes
  • 4Suárez
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 8Garcia EscuderoSubstituted forRibas da Cunhaat 60'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10TuranSubstituted forVillaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 9Villa
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 21Ribas da Cunha
  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Betis 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Booking

    Cedrick (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Diego (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Diego (Atlético de Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nono (Real Betis).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

  13. Post update

    Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jorge Molina (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cedrick.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Koke.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Nono (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 23rd March 2014

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