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Balaidos (ATT 29,600) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

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Atletico top after Villa brace

Last Updated: 08/03/14 9:37pm

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Atletico Madrid's David Villa celebrates his second goal

Atletico Madrid's David Villa celebrates his second goal

Two quickfire second-half goals from David Villa lifted Atletico Madrid to the top of the Primera Division standings with a 2-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.

With Barcelona having suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid earlier in the day and Real Madrid not in action until Sunday, Diego Simeone's side headed into the game at Balaidos knowing a win would put them at the summit.

The first half was a lacklustre affair but a different Atletico emerged for the second period and two goals in two minutes just after the hour mark from former Barca striker Villa sent Los Rojiblancos top - above Real on head-to-head record.

Chances were few and far between in the early exchanges, with both sides largely limited to wayward long-range attempts.

Celta goalkeeper Yoel was called upon to parry a Koke blast in the 25th minute and a Diego Ribas volley soon after, while Charles saw Celta's best opportunity of the first half blocked by Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois four minutes before the interval.

Simeone's half-time team-talk had the desired effect, however, as Atletico set about stopping the rot after losses at Almeria and Osasuna in their previous two away games.

Yoel did well to deny Filipe Luis 13 minutes after the restart, but the deadlock was broken soon after when Villa latched onto a sloppy back-pass and coolly slotted the ball under the Celta goalkeeper.

Ninety seconds later Atletico doubled their advantage when substitute Jose Sosa produced the perfect low cross for Villa, who took a touch to control before despatching a clinical finish into the bottom-left corner - his 13th goal in La Liga this term.

Luis Enrique's side never looked like getting back in the game, and could even have gone further behind in stoppage time were it not for a smart save from Yoel after Cristian Rodriguez had found time and space for a left-footed shot.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Celta Vigo 35 46
10 Espanyol 35 46
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Almeria 35 32
17 Eibar 35 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20