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November 30, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero — Elche
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 29115‎
 
 
Koke 63′
 
Diego Costa 74′
Top of the Match
Koke
Koke
Atlético de Madrid
Koke
Koke
Atlético de Madrid
Flop of the Match
Botía
Botía
Elche
David Villa
David Villa
Atlético de Madrid

Elche 0-2 Atletico Madrid: Costa on target again as Rojiblancos pile pressure on Barcelona

Koke opened the scoring at the Martinez Valero before the Colchoneros made the three points safe with a goal from their in-form Brazil-born forward

By Mark Doyle

Damian Suarez Diego Costa Elche Atletico Madrid La Liga 11302013
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Atletico Madrid moved level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory away to Elche on Saturday afternoon.

Koke opened the scoring midway through the second half and Diego Costa made the game safe for the Rojiblancos with 16 minutes to go.

Atletico had routed Getafe 7-0 in their previous Liga outing but they struggled to break Elche down during a fiercely-contested first half.

However, Diego Simeone's men did have their chances, with Joao Miranda heading straight at Manu Herrera after being left unmarked at a corner 13 minutes in and Arda Turan firing just over the bar following a jinking run.

For the most part, though, Atletico failed to trouble the home side's defence, so it came as no surprise when former Barcelona striker David Villa was replaced by Raul Garcia just after the hour mark.

It was a bold move by Simeone but it paid off almost immediately, with Koke firing home a rebound after Herrera had failed to hold a strike from substitute Garcia.

Atletico sealed victory in the 76th minute when Costa finished clinically after being the recipient of the most wonderfully pin-point throughball from Adrian.

Elche tried to rally in the closing stages but to no avail, with Atletico ultimately cruising to a win that took them to 40 points alongside leaders Barcelona, who face a tricky trip to Basque country on Sunday to take on Athletic Bilbao.


Elche

1
Manu Herrera
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Damián Suárez
Defender
64′
3.00
3
Botía
Defender
26′
2.00
4
Lombán
Defender
2.50
21
Albácar
Defender
2.50
6
Rubén Pérez
Midfielder
3.00
16
Fidel
Midfielder
66′
3.00
24
C. Sánchez
Midfielder
75′
3.00
9
R. Boakye
Striker
72′
2.50
15
Carles Gil
Striker
3.50
11
Coro
Striker
2.50

Atlético de Madrid

3.50
13
3.50
2
3.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
66′
3.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
3.50
23
Miranda
Defender
3.50
5
Tiago
Midfielder
15′
4.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
63′ 83′
3.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
70′
3.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
2.50
9
4.00
19

Substitutes

13
Toño
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
Pelegrín
Defender
 - 
5
Rivera
Midfielder
 - 
7
Aarón
Striker
66′
 - 
8
Mantecón
Midfielder
 - 
17
Javi Márquez
Midfielder
75′
 - 
28
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
17
3.50
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
62′
 - 
11
 - 
19
Guilavogui
Midfielder
 - 
7
Adrián
Striker
70′ 74′

Coach/Manager

-
2.50

Coach/Manager

3.50
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0