David Villa scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Celta Vigo to go top of La Liga.

Following Barcelona's shock defeat at Real Valladolid and with Real Madrid not in action until Sunday, Atletico knew a victory would take them top courtesy of their head-to-head record with Real.

But for the first hour it looked like Atletico, with top scorer Diego Costa absent through suspension, were going to be frustrated.

Raul Garcia hit a shot from the wing 45 yards from goal that bounced over the crossbar, and Villa forced a good save from Yoel down low with Garcia unable to capitalise on the rebound.

Celta Vigo offered little going forward although Charles did force a close-range save from Thibaut Courtois.

Why are Atletico Madrid top?

The Spanish league is decided by head-to-head record if two teams are level on points.

Atletico Madrid beat Real 1-0 at the Bernabeu in September, before drawing 2-2 at home last weekend.

And when Atletico's opener came it was from a Celta error.

Jonny Castro's horrible backpass was intercepted by Villa, who charged forward and slammed past Yoel at his near post.

And 90 seconds later the Spain international had doubled their lead. Substitute Jose Sosa, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, squared the ball from the right to Villa, who slammed home past Yose.

Mid-table Celta never looked like mounting a comeback with Alex Lopez's shot straight at Courtois as good as it got.

Real Madrid will return to the top of the table if they avoid defeat in their game in hand against Levante on Sunday.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Celta de Vigo

  • 13 Rodríguez Oterino
  • 02 Mallo Novegil
  • 19 Castro Otto
  • 04 Oubiña
  • 22 Cabral
  • 03 Fontás
  • 08 López Sánchez
  • 23 Krohn-Dehli (Madinda - 74' )
  • 11 Dias de Oliveira Booked (Mina Lorenzo - 68' )
  • 14 Orellana (Fernández - 60' )
  • 10 Agudo Durán

Substitutes

  • 01 Álvarez Conde
  • 15 Aurtenetxe
  • 17 Madinda
  • 21 López
  • 24 Fernández
  • 25 Soares
  • 29 Mina Lorenzo

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 04 Suárez Booked
  • 23 Miranda Booked
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 08 Raúl García
  • 14 Gabi Booked
  • 09 Villa (Adrián - 84' )
  • 21 Diego (Rodríguez - 74' )
  • 06 Koke (Sosa - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 07 Adrián
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 18 Giménez
  • 22 Insúa
  • 24 Sosa
  • 37 Nana Asare
Ref: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Att: 29,600

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

2 7

Corners

2 5

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

90:00 +2:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

90:00 +1:45

Attempt blocked. Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nolito.

90:00 +0:26

Attempt saved. Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl García.

84:47

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa tries a through ball, but Adrián is caught offside.

83:39

Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

83:39

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces David Villa.

82:42

Attempt missed. Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by José Sosa with a cross.

79:20

Álex López (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:20

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

78:27

Foul by Álex López (Celta de Vigo).

78:27

José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:05

Attempt saved. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Santi Mina.

73:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Lévy Madinda replaces Michael Krohn-Dehli.

73:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Diego.

69:21

Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

69:21

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Charles.

67:02

Attempt blocked. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thibaut Courtois.

65:56 Booking

Booking Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:47

Charles (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:47

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

63:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Sosa.

61:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

59:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Koke.

59:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Augusto Fernández replaces Fabián Orellana.

58:01

Attempt saved. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

57:59

Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego.

56:56

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Villa following a fast break.

54:24

Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:24

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

53:43

Álex López (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:43

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

53:11

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.

50:55

Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

48:02

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.

47:27

Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).

47:27

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:42

Andreu Fontás (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:42

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

45:00

Second Half begins Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +0:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

44:50

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Koke.

44:47

Attempt blocked. Jonny (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Krohn-Dehli.

44:13

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Diego.

41:05

Attempt saved. Charles (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hugo Mallo with a through ball.

39:15

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

38:52

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

38:52

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:47

Attempt missed. Michael Krohn-Dehli (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charles.

35:53

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Gustavo Cabral.

30:25 Booking

Booking Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

30:03

Attempt blocked. Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:42

Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).

29:42

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:51

Attempt saved. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:25

Dangerous play by Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo).

27:25

Toby Alderweireld (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:49

Attempt missed. Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Borja Oubiña.

25:38

Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:38

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

24:32

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Hugo Mallo.

24:28

Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Villa.

23:42

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Mario Suárez.

22:18

Hand ball by Diego (Atlético de Madrid).

21:31

Hand ball by Michael Krohn-Dehli (Celta de Vigo).

20:17

Attempt missed. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nolito.

19:50

Andreu Fontás (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:50

Foul by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

18:29 Booking

Booking Charles (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:06

Foul by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

18:06

Toby Alderweireld (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:28

Dangerous play by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

16:28

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:00

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

14:00

Charles (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:40

Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).

12:40

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:18

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Toby Alderweireld tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.

9:26

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:26

Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

7:09 Booking

Booking Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

7:01

(Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:01

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

6:03

Attempt missed. Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Mallo.

3:53

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Álex López.

3:12

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Andreu Fontás.

3:11

Attempt blocked. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:33

Hand ball by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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