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Summary

  1. Griezmann double helps Atletico to victory
  2. Late Bale penalty keeps Real Madrid top
  3. Second-placed Barcelona win at Elche

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

That is your lot for tonight. Be sure to read the reports of the Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid wins on this very website as well as looking out for future reports on the Lazio v AC Milan game (which is into the second half and is now 2-1 to the home side after two goals in four minutes from Marco Parolo and Miroslav Klose) and on David Moyes' Real Sociedad v Eibar.

We'll be back again tomorrow with more European football, including Fiorentina v Roma (7:45pm), Valencia v Sevilla (8pm) and St Etienne v PSG (8pm). I'll see thee.

Ronaldo apologises for red card

Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off at Cordoba
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Earlier today, Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off during Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Cordoba for kicking out at Edimar. He didn't look very sorry when he left the pitch stroking the Fifa badge on his shirt, but he has since

apologised via Twitter. He wrote: "Pido disculpas a todos y especialmente a Edimar por mi acto irreflexivo en el partido de hoy", which I can assure English speakers is an apology.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Antoine Griezmann (L) celebrates his first goal against Rayo Vallecano with team-mates Mario Suarez (centre) and Mario Mandzukic
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It is a win each for the top three in La Liga and the gaps between them remain the same. Real Madrid top the table with 48 points, one ahead of second-placed Barcelona and four in front of Atletico in third.

FULL-TIME

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

In the end it was more comfortable than predicted at half-time. Atletico's superiority came to the fore in the second half and after Manucho's own goal had restored the two-goal home advantage, Diego Simeone's side refused to give the away side a way back in.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Fernando Torres is given a superb chance to get the first La Liga goal of his second Atletico spell. Antoine Griezmann is very unselfish (especially in the circumstances) to give Torres possession when he could have gone himself, but the striker takes a touch too many and allows Tono to come out and block.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Ze castro unleashes a shot from 35 yards for Rayo, more in hope that belief. It is every inch a defenders shot, including all the ones by which it cleared the goal. High, wide and ugly. There are going be three added minutes. Just three more for Rayo to suffer.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

The one player on the pitch who really does still have the bit between his teeth is Antoine Griezmann, who is hunting a hat-trick. He comes within an inch of getting it as well by charging into the Rayo half and past a challenge before driving a low shot against the post. It was great play and deserved more.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Fernando Torres has not been in the game much since coming on but he looks to play a one-two with Raul Garcia on the edge of the box and is denied an opening on goal by the latter's heavy contribution to the move. Nice thought, poor execution.

SUBSTITUTION

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Rayo's second substitution. Gael Kakuta departs and Alex Moreno comes on, not that it will make much difference to this game now. Atletico are in complete control.

Lazio 0-1 AC Milan

It is half-time in Rome, where home side Lazio are trailing 1-0 to AC Milan. Jeremy Menez scored the goal in the fourth minute.

SUBSTITUTION

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Another Atletico substitution sees Raul Garcia come on for Arda Turan.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Oh, there was your chance Rayo. Substitute Alberto Bueno is in acres of space in the box and has the chance to turn and fire a shot on goal but he fails to make any proper contact and the ball dribbles hopelessly wide. That could have made the last 12 minutes very interesting. Instead, it looks like we'll be watching Atletico ease to victory.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Manucho has a chance to make amends for his own goal as Rayo break and the ball is fed to him 30 yards out. But his shot is lazy and rises way over the goal. The visitors have given up on this.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Rayo look like a beaten team now, even though there are 16 minutes to go. Gael Kakuta looks to break away but he is closed down and robbed of possession by two Atletico players. There weren't many Rayo players in support, desperate to be given the ball.

SUBSTITUTION

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Beanie-sporting Rayo coach Paco Jemez makes a change of his own as Alberto Bueno (who had a loan spell with Derby County in the 2010/11 season) comes on for Mohammed Fatau.

SUBSTITUTION

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Off goes Mario Mandzukic and on comes local hero Torres, who is seeking his first La Liga goal in his second spell at Atletico.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

The Atletico fans have found their voice again. They sense that this game is won already and are going to enjoy the last 20-odd minutes with a few tunes. Diego Simeone is going to make a change. And it is going to be a popular one. Fernando Torres is stripped and ready for action.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

We've got about 25 minutes left at the Vicente Calderon. If Rayo are going to get anything from this game they need something to happen very soon. But at the moment, Atletico are firmly in control. Diego Simeone may be considering some changes right now, with Barcelona to come on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

And it is almost 4-1 to Atletico as Antoine Griezmann finds a yard in the box but drives his shot a yard past the far post. So, so close to a hat-trick for the France international.

GOAL

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano - Manucho own goal

Atletico's pressure pays off as the corner resulting from Ze Castro's block is swung into the six-yard box, where it deflects off the midriff of away striker Manucho and into the goal. It is yet another Rayo error and again it results in a Atletico goal. Rayo have come back to gain a foothold once in this game. They'll have to dig even deeper to do so again.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Atletico are on the front foot here. A cross is swung from the right to the back post and met by Mario Mandzukic, but Ze Castro does superbly to block the resulting header.

LINE-UPS

Real Sociedad v Eibar

Here are the teams for the Real Sociedad v Eibar game. We won't be covering this but we will bring you a report later.

Real Sociedad starting XI: Rulli, Mikel, Inigo, Granero, Agirretxe, Xabi Prieto, Vela, Ruben Pardo, Canales, Yuri, A. Elustondo.

Eibar starting XI: Irureta, Boveda, Anibarro, Capa, Errasti, Arruabarrena, Dani Garcia, Lillo, Manu, Saul Berjon, Abraham.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Atletico are enjoying a good spell at the start of this half. Juanfran drives a cross in from the right and Antoine Griezmann is close to connecting before Tono's punch clears the ball.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Antoine Griezmann senses a hat-trick here. He almost gets one as well, but not in the way he imagined. The Atletico player lines up a cross from the left but slices the ball and sends it towards the bottom corner of the goal, forcing Tono to dive low and tip it away.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Right from the kick-off, Gael Kakuta drives at the Atletico defence, beats a couple of men before being tackled and dispossessed by a third. Hopefully that is a sign of how positive Rayo are going to be this half.

KICK-OFF

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

We are back under way at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico lead but this game could still go either way. A big 45 minutes awaits...

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Lazio 0-1 AC Milan

We have a goal at the Stadio Olimpico already and it has gone to the visitors, who have taken the lead through Jeremy Menez's goal.

Lazio 0-0 AC Milan

The Serie A game at the Stadio Olimpico is under way (and about five minutes old), with fifth-placed Lazio hosting eight-placed AC Milan. I'll endeavour to bring you score updates from that throughout the evening.

HALF-TIME

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

For a long period of that first 45 minutes, Atletico were in complete control thanks to Rayo's generosity and Antoine Griezmann's clinical finishing. But Roberto Trashorras has given Rayo a foothold and there is life in this game yet.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Rayo really fancy this now. Gael Kakuta fires in a free-kick from the right, which Mario Manuzukic is forced to slide in and put behind. The same Rayo player is then given possession from the corner on the left and swings a harmless ball out for a goal-kick. It is a couple of minutes that were far less comfortable for Atletico than they would like. The home crowd are not as loud as they were 10 minutes ago.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Suddenly Rayo look much hungrier and sharper. Gael Kakuta wins a corner, which goalscorer Roberto Trashorras takes and floats straight into the hands of home keeper Moya. Manucho wasn't far from getting his head to the ball, though.

GOAL

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano - Roberto Trashorras

Hold your horses, what's this! Rayo are suddenly back in this game as Roberto Trashorras unleashes a curling shot from range that lands just inside the bottom right corner of the home net. Game on.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Rayo Vallecano

This is a perfect scenario for Atletico, baring in mind the fixture to come next week. They face Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Ray on Wednesday. The control they have here could give them chance later to take their foot off the gas and save something back to try and overhaul Barca's 1-0 aggregate lead.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Rayo Vallecano

The Atletico fans are making a right racket and they have every right to. Their team is in complete control here courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's double. The home side shift Rayo from right to left before winning a corner, which Jose Gimenez heads towards goal for Tono to gather.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Rayo Vallecano

Atletico's Mario Suarez is down in his box. He doesn't look happy but a bit of treatment on the touchline eases his suffering. Looks like he may have taken a bit of a dig in the leg from a Rayo man. He'll be fine to continue, though.

GOAL

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Rayo Vallecano - Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring
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How Manucho is going to regret that miss now. Atletico and Antoine Griezmann strike again. Mario Mandzukic's header flicks the ball on and, with the away defence frozen stiff, Griezmann runs clear to slot past Tono for the second time. It was way too easy for the home side. Rayo have a mountain to climb now.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Back in Spain and Rayo are looking to gain a foothold in the match at the Vicente Calderon. Manucho comes very close as he rises at the near post to meet a cross but plants his header over the goal. Home keeper Moya came out to try and punch but didn't get anywhere near it. The Rayo striker should have scored.

Eto'o to Italy

News from Italy: Sampdoria have signed Cameroon striker Samiel Eto'o from Everton. The 33-year-old is expected to be presented before the Genoa-based club's fans ahead of their Serie A match at home to Palermo tomorrow.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Atletico are well up for this. They are hunting in packs in midfield to close down Rayo and prevent them any time to play. The away side are going to have to dig in.