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Torres watches Atletico close on Real

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres watched from the stands as Spanish champions Atletico Madrid maintained their pursuit of Real Madrid and Barcelona by beating Levante.

The Spain striker, 30, was not eligible as his move from AC Milan cannot be formally completed until the Italian transfer window opens on Monday.

France forward Antoine Griezmann headed in either side of the break, but Nabil El Zhar's deflection gave Levante hope.

Uruguay defender Diego Godin eased any worries with another header late on.

The Spanish league season resumed after a two-week winter break as Atletico hosted lowly Levante at the Vicente Calderon.

Victory moves Diego Simeone's side within a point of leaders Real and level with second-placed Barca, although they have played more games than their title rivals.

Real travel to fourth-placed Valencia before David Moyes's Real Sociedad host Barca later on Sunday.

"We should have finished off the game in the first half but we did not pressurise enough," said centre-back Godin. "My goal calmed us down as we had become nervous after conceding.

"It was important for us to finish the year winning and also start with another victory."

Elsewhere, Nicolas Pareja scored the only goal of the game as Sevilla claimed a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo and climbed into fourth spot above Villarreal, who were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side Elche.

Ivan Cavaleiro netted the winner for struggling Deportivo La Coruna as they edged a 1-0 victory over mid-table Athletic Bilbao, while Tomer Hemed's brace gave 10-man Almeria a surprise 2-1 win away at Malaga.

Antoine Griezmann
Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann has scored five goals in his last two matches
Atletico Madrid
Diego Godin's header means Atletico have scored 21 goals from set pieces this season - more than any other team in the top five European leagues

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2Godín
  • 3Siqueira
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 10TuranSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 66'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forSaúlat 84'minutes
  • 6Koke
  • 9MandzukicBooked at 42minsSubstituted forJiménezat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Gámez
  • 28Hernández

Levante

  • 13Mariño
  • 2López Mendoza
  • 6Vyntra
  • 12García GarcíaBooked at 10mins
  • 15KarabelasSubstituted forBarralat 73'minutes
  • 11Morales Nogales
  • 23DiopBooked at 23mins
  • 22SissokoBooked at 75mins
  • 21Ivanschitz
  • 18Casadesús Castaño
  • 9Martins de SouzaSubstituted forEl Zharat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fernández Collado
  • 3García Aranda
  • 7Barral
  • 8El Zhar
  • 16El Adoua
  • 19López Muñoz
  • 24Mate Junior
Referee:
Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Attendance:
52,163

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Loukas Vyntra (Levante) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Ivanschitz with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Levante. Conceded by Raúl García.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Sissoko.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid).

  7. Post update

    Nabil El Zhar (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Antoine Griezmann.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 1. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tiago with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Loukas Vyntra.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl Jiménez replaces Mario Mandzukic.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

  13. Post update

    Mohamed Sissoko (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Loukas Vyntra (Levante).

  16. Booking

    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Booking

    Mohamed Sissoko (Levante) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Giménez tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tiago.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 3rd January 2015

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