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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Martinez Valero (ATT 29,015) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Delgado Ferreiro

Elche Elche vs Atletico Madrid A Madrid

Elche 0


A Madrid 2

Koke (63)
D Costa (74)

Atletico on the move

Last Updated: 30/11/13 5:55pm

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Diego Costa was on the scoresheet again for Atleticio

Diego Costa was on the scoresheet again for Atleticio

Atletico Madrid came out on top after an awkward match at Elche to go level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division table with a 2-0 win.

Diego Simeone's side had struggled to overcome Fran Escriba's disciplined outfit until Koke broke the deadlock on 62 minutes, and Diego Costa, who had assisted the opening goal by playing to the limits of the law, made sure of the three points 11 minutes later.

Los Rojiblancos entered the game in confident mood after putting seven goals past Getafe the week before, and with Costa fully recovered from a thigh strain, Simeone was able to field a full-strength side against Elche, who had beaten Valencia in their last match.

Although Atletico were in control for large parts of the game, they struggled to create many openings.

Their only chances in the first period were a shot from Arda Turan which flew just over the bar, an effort from David Villa saved by goalkeeper Manu Herrera, and a shot from Costa which had beaten the Elche stopper but was blocked on the line by Damian Suarez.

Although Elche had been more timid than their opponents, they had two decent chances before the break, Richmond Boakye shooting over the bar with just Thibaut Courtois to beat, and Ferran Coro firing narrowly wide of the far post from the edge of the area.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Carlos Gil went for goal from outside the area, forcing Courtois to stretch across his goal to tip the ball out for a corner.

A couple of minutes later, Atleti took the lead, to the fury of the hosts.

Raul Garcia, who had come on for Villa just a moment before, made an ambitious attempt on goal from outside the area, but Manu Herrera was unable to hold on to the shot, spilling the ball at the feet of Costa.

The forward barged Alberto Botia out the way and allowed Koke to tap in from a few yards out.

The Elche players were furious that a foul had not been called against Costa, but were unable to change referee Carlos Delgado Ferreiro's mind.

Atleti had the ball in the net a few minutes later, but this time the goal was disallowed, as Arda had headed the ball out of Herrera's hands just as the goalkeeper caught a cross from Filipe Luis.

But the visitors did not have to wait much longer until they wrapped up the game.

Substitute Adrian burst forward on an Atleti counter and played a perfectly-weighted chipped pass over the heads of two Elche defenders for Costa to strike past Herrera and score his 15th goal of the season.

Atletico will now be hoping that Athletic Bilbao can do them a favour on Sunday and beat Barcelona, allowing Los Rojiblancos to share the league's summit with the Catalans for a little longer.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20