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Played
May 8, 2013 11:00 PM IST
Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 23375‎
 
Diego Costa 47′
 
Juanfran 66′
 
Top of the Match
Diego Costa
Diego Costa
Atletico de Madrid
Diego Costa
Diego Costa
Atletico de Madrid
Flop of the Match
Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas
Celta
Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas
Celta

Celta Vigo 1-3 Atletico Madrid: Falcao secures direct entry into next season's Champions League

The Colombian helped the capital club produce a stirring second half display which seals third spot in La Liga

By Graeme Young

Celta-Atlético Madrid, Liga BBVA
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Atletico Madrid confirmed their automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League with a convincing second half display away to Celta Vigo, recording a 3-1 victory.

Atleti have looked almost certain to qualify for Europe’s premier competition but now have secured their place at Europe’s top table, thanks to goals from Diego Costa, Juanfran and Radamel Falcao.

The result does nothing to help the home side, who lie deep in the relegation mire in 19th place, two points adrift from safety and having played a game more than their rivals.

The first half was uneventful, with perhaps the hosts having the better of the chances, but the visitors quickly silenced the Balaidos faithful after the break when striker Costa provided an excellent headed finish in the 48th minute after sloppy play in the build-up from Celta’s Natxo Insa.

Radamel Falcao almost doubled his side's lead four minutes later when he was inches away from adding a toe to a teasing Costa cross.

The away side did double their lead in the 67th minute, and again the impressive Costa was integral to his side’s good play. He coolly laid the ball off to Juanfran, whose deflected shot was just out of the reach of the unfortunate Javi Varas.

Celta kept fighting, aware the perilous nature of their current plight, and their hard work was duly rewarded on the 84th minute when the usually reliable Thibaut Courtouis let Augusto Fernandes’ shot squirm under him after the Belgian had saved Enrique de Lucas’s effort from distance.

Celta’s hope of rescuing a point was short lived. Falcao, as always, found space in the box after Celta failed to clear their lines, and the Colombian striker fired high in to the roof of the net.


Celta

13
Javi Varas
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
Roberto Lago
Defender
44′
3.00
3
2.50
-
Jonathan Vila
Midfielder
2.50
19
Johny
Defender
26′ 65′
2.50
4
Oubiña
Midfielder
3.00
8
Alex López
Midfielder
22′ 54′
2.50
23
2.50
24
Augusto Fernández
Midfielder
84′
3.00
-
Natxo Insa
Midfielder
2.50
9
Iago Aspas
Striker
2.00

Atletico de Madrid

3.00
13
3.00
2
3.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
3.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
66′
4.00
23
Miranda
Defender
47′
3.00
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
23′ 46′
3.50
6
Koke
Midfielder
75′
3.50
14
Gabi
Midfielder
57′
2.50
7
Adrián
Striker
3.50
9
4.50
19

Substitutes

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Baraja
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
16
Bellvís
Midfielder
 - 
14
3.00
17
 - 
20
Toni
Midfielder
 - 
9
Bermejo
Striker
65′ 77′
 - 
-
De Lucas
Striker
77′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
3.00
5
Tiago
Midfielder
46′ 60′
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
3.50
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
68′
 - 
11
 - 
-
Oliver Torres
Midfielder

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 de 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