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First Division - Day

Atlético Madrid 3 - Valladolid 0

Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Alderweireld, Godín, Insúa; Mario Suárez, Gabi; Koke (Sosa 78’), Raúl García (Diego Ribas 63’), Arda Turan (David Villa 75’); Diego Costa. 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Diego Mariño; Rukavina, Marc Valiente, Mitrovic, Peña; Alvaro Rubio, Fausto Rossi; Larsson (Valdet Rama 71’), Víctor Pérez, Omar Ramos (Osorio 46’); Javi Guerra (Manucho 78’). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 03. Raúl García. Latched on to Gabi free kick and drove shot past Mariño.
2-0. 05. Diego Costa. Ran on to Raúl García pass and lifted shot over keeper.
3-0. 74. Godín. Got above defence to head Diego corner down inside near post.

Yellow cards: Víctor Pérez 81’, Peña 81’, Mitrovic 89’.

Atlético Madrid ended Saturday evening in second place, although they had temporarily moved above leaders Barcelona after a 3-0 win over Valladolid. Simeone’s side needed a good result to regain confidence prior to their Champions League clash with AC Milan after a run of three defeats in a row. However the game was over with only five minutes on the clock, Raúl García firing a low shot past Mariño after a set-piece Gabi free kick, and then slotting a long ball through for Diego Costa to lift a shot over the advancing keeper. Atlético had several more chances after that, Costa, Mario Suárez and Godín failing to hit the target either side of half time, and Mario heading a corner against the crossbar in the second half. Javi Guerra relied with a shot just wide of the post, but with a quarter of an hour to go Godín wrapped things up when he ran in from behind to head Diego’s corner down past the keeper. Atlético’s lead only lasted a few hours though before Barcelona went back to first place on goal difference, and there may be a three way tie at the top for the second week in a row if Real Madrid can beat Getafe tomorrow.