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Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid celebrate

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.

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.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 2Mallo Novegil
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 4Oubiña
  • 22Cabral
  • 3Fontás
  • 8López
  • 23Krohn-DehliSubstituted forMadindaat 74'minutes
  • 11Dias de OliveiraBooked at 19minsSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 68'minutes
  • 14OrellanaSubstituted forFernándezat 60'minutes
  • 10Nolito

Substitutes

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 17Madinda
  • 21López
  • 24Fernández
  • 25Soares
  • 29Mina Lorenzo

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 4SuárezBooked at 31mins
  • 23MirandaBooked at 66mins
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 14Fernández ArenasBooked at 8mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forLópez Álvarezat 84'minutes
  • 21Ribas da CunhaSubstituted forRodríguezat 74'minutes
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSosaat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7López Álvarez
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 18Giménez
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa
  • 37Nana Asare
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
29,600

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces David Villa.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Álex López (Celta de Vigo).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Substitution

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Diego.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Charles.

  20. Post update

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

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