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December 15, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 46200‎
 
59′ Diego Costa
 
 
81′ (PG) Diego Costa
 
Top of the Match
Diego Costa
Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa
Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid
Flop of the Match
Víctor Ruiz
Víctor Ruiz
Valencia CF
Víctor Ruiz
Víctor Ruiz
Valencia CF

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Valencia: Costa strikes twice in second-half salvo

The capital club kept pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga by overcoming Miroslav Djukic's side thanks to the Brazil-born forward's double

By Enis Koylu

Diego Costa Atletico Madrid Valencia La Liga 12152013
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Atletico Madrid went level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Liga table thanks to a 3-0 win over Valencia at the Vicente Calderon.

The capital club were made to work hard for three points against Miroslav Djukic's side, but Diego Costa struck twice either side of a Raul Garcia effort, despite two missed penalties from the Brazil-born forward.

Valencia showed early signs of promise in the match, advancing into Atleti turf, but the the hosts had their first claim for a penalty turned down after just a few minutes, when Costa was felled by Victor Ruiz.

However, netiher side were able to exert their authority on the game and the first half ended up goalless.

Less than 15 minutes after the interval, however, Atleti took the lead. Costa picked up in midfield, drove into the box and fired a shot across Diego Alves.

Getting the breakthrough opened the floodgates and five minutes later, Diego Simeone's side were two goals to the good when Juanfran's cross was miscued into the path of Garcia, who promptly drove home.

Costa was presented with an opportunity to make the points safe shortly afterwards after Victor Ruiz conceded a penalty and though his effort was saved by the keeper, he made amends nine minutes from time by slotting home a second spot-kick.


Atletico Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Diego Godín
Defender
3.50
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
3.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
36′
3.50
23
Miranda
Defender
3.50
5
Tiago
Midfielder
3.50
6
Koke
Midfielder
3.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
84′
3.50
14
Gabi
Midfielder
3.50
9
David Villa
Striker
61′
3.00
19
Diego Costa
Striker
45′ 59′ 75′ 81′
4.50

Valencia CF

2.00
1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
75′
1.50
5
3.00
18
2.00
19
Barragán
Defender
2.00
22
2.50
6
Oriol Romeu
Midfielder
12′
2.50
8
3.00
14
Juan Bernat
Midfielder
2.50
21
Parejo
Midfielder
45′
2.50
7
Jonas
Striker
60′
2.00
16
Canales
Midfielder

Substitutes

1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
22
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
61′ 64′
4.00
11
 - 
-
Oliver Torres
Midfielder
 - 
7
Adrián
Striker
84′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
 - 
15
Javi Fuego
Midfielder
 - 
17
 - 
11
D. Pabón
Striker
66′
2.50
16

Coach/Manager

-
4.00

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
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  • Own Goal
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  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
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  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0