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Spanish Primera BBVA

Vicente Calderon (ATT 35,000) 24th September 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: J Estrada Fernandez

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Osasuna Osasuna

A Madrid 2

D Costa (18, 25)

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Osasuna 1

O Riera (43)

Atletico Madrid claim narrow win

Last Updated: 24/09/13 11:48pm

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Diego Costa celebrates.

Diego Costa celebrates.

Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division table with a 2-1 victory over Osasuna.

Both Atletico and Barca have not dropped a point in six league games so far and the capital club were on course to their latest success when Costa struck twice in seven first-half minutes.

Oriol Riera kept them honest for the second half after he struck just before the break, but Osasuna never threatened an equaliser to crash to their fifth defeat of a forgettable start.

Osasuna sounded an early warning in the very first minutes when Riera headed an Emiliano Armenteros free-kick over the crossbar.

Sisi then hit a post with a 18-yard strike and while Atletico had made na sluggish start they were soon 2-0 up thanks to their Brazil forward Costa.

The 24-year-old swept home the opening goal from near the penalty spot on 18 minutes, before doubling his side's advantage with a more memorable effort.

Costa latched onto Jorge Koke's right-wing cross before superbly heading home.

In between Costa's goals Arda Turan had found time to head narrowly wide and while Atletico had now begun to move through the gears their progress was slowed by Riera's strike on 43 minutes.

Mario Suarez fouled Abella Damia and from the resulting free-kick Armenteros picked out Riera to score from six yards.

Costa was denied his hat-trick shortly after half-time when Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez parried his shot while Armenteros could only muster a weak effort at the other end.

Damia wasted Osasuna's best chance when he shot over from close range and from there Atletico could have grabbed a third with Turan missing the target and Emiliano Insua twice going close.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 33 81
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 33 72
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 33 53
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 33 46
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 33 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 33 39
13 Getafe 33 36
14 Elche 33 34
15 Levante 33 32
16 Eibar 32 31
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 33 20