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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 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