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Spanish Primera BBVA

Vicente Calderon (ATT 45,000) 21st December 2012 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Pedro Jesus Perez Montero

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo Celta Vigo

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Adrian Lopez (77)
Miranda (S/O 86)

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Atletico edge out Vigo

Last Updated: 21/12/12 11:22pm

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Adrian Lopez: Netted the only goal

Adrian Lopez: Netted the only goal

Atletico Madrid continued their 100 per cent record in all competitions at the Vicente Calderon this season with a hard fought 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.

Adrian Lopez grabbed the only goal 13 minutes from time with a brilliant half-volley from outside the area that flew past Javi Varas into the top corner.

Joao Miranda was then sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes later, but Diego Simeone's men saw out the final few moments without any scares to move seven points clear of Real Madrid in second place.

Atleti have now won 15 straight games at the Calderon, but they were made to struggle after failing to take advantage of a bright opening.

Andres Tunez nearly turned the ball into his own goal from Arda Turan's dangerous low cross on 10 minutes before Koke came even closer as he smacked the inside of the post from the edge of the area seconds later.

Diego Costa should then have opened the scoring when he prodded wide from Juanfran's excellent cross from the right but despite continuing to apply the pressure, the home side failed to create the same quality of opportunities after the break.

Radamel Falcao, who endured a quiet evening by his standards, had a shot from the edge of the area deflected just over 21 minutes from time, but it was Adrian who was to prove the hero as he fired a loose ball from 20 yards high past Varas eight minutes later.

Celta almost immediately equalised when Hugo Mallo pulled a shot between the far post and the late-arriving Iago Aspas and the Galicians were handed more hope of a late leveller when Miranda cynically handled just outside his own area to stop a dangerous counter-attack.

However, Aspas fired the resultant free-kick well wide and Paco Herrera's men failed to make their man advantage count in the remaining few minutes to remain just two points above the relegation zone.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18