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Atletico Madrid win to go top in La Liga

Dec 22 2013, 6:12am CST | by

Madrid, Dec 22 (IANS) Atletico Madrid moved to the top of the Spanish La Liga for at least 24 hours Saturday night after beating Levante 3-2 in the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Madrid, Dec 22 — Atletico Madrid moved to the top of the Spanish La Liga for at least 24 hours Saturday night after beating Levante 3-2 in the Vicente Calderon Stadium. The result means that...

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Atletico Madrid win to go top in La Liga

Dec 22 2013, 6:12am CST | by

Madrid, Dec 22 (IANS) Atletico Madrid moved to the top of the Spanish La Liga for at least 24 hours Saturday night after beating Levante 3-2 in the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Madrid, Dec 22 — Atletico Madrid moved to the top of the Spanish La Liga for at least 24 hours Saturday night after beating Levante 3-2 in the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

The result means that Barcelona have to win 2-0 or 3-2 or better in their trip to play Getafe Sunday to recover the leadership, reports Xinhua.

Atletico were made to suffer more than expected after falling behind to an early goal from Andres Ivanschitz before Diego Godin scored a header midway through the first half.

Diego Costa's incredible scoring run continued two minutes after the break as he netted his 18th of the campaign, but Pedro Rios dragged Levante back into the game after 56 minutes.

It was not until the 13 minute from time that Costa scored the winning goal from the penalty spot to send Atletico top and send the fans in the Calderon into raptures.

The round of games kicked off with a minor surprise as Sevilla won 2-1 away to Villarreal, who would have moved above Athletic Club Bilbao with a win.

Cala put Sevilla ahead after 24 minutes and Carlos Bacca's recent run of goals continued when he doubled their lead with just under 20 minutes remaining and although Perbet pulled a goal back from the penalty spot with two minutes remaining, it was too little too late.

Real Sociedad took advantage of Villarreal's defeat and continue their climb up the table into fifth place thanks to a 3-1 win away to Granada.

Carlos Vela netted twice and Antoine Griezmann also scored for the on-form side from San Sebastian, whose first game in 2013 is the Basque derby at home to neighbours, Athletic Club Bilbao.

Piti scored a magnificent goal for Granada with a 30 effort that deserved to be more than just a consolation goal.

Finally Betis will go into the New Year rock bottom of the table after a 1-0 home defeat to Almeria.

Azeez's fourth minute shot took a huge deflection on its way into the back off the net and Betis created a lot of chances only to be denied by poor finishing and great goalkeeping by Esteban Suarez in the Almeria goal, although it should be added that Almeria, who climb out of the relegation zone with the win, also had chances to score more goals on the break.

The end of the game saw incredible scenes as the Betis fans cheered the players, who stayed in the middle of the pitch, despite the defeat with the majority of the players in tears at the support of their fans at a difficult time.


Source: IANS


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Kurt Zouma starts for Chelsea against Maribor

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Jose Mourinho revealed this week that Diego Costa’s hamstring troubles have evolved from an “almost injury” into a problem that will see him sit out two games in a row for Chelsea, per Tony Banks of the Express. Having been left out of the squad which beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the Premier League, Costa is also set to miss the Champions League tie with NK Maribor. The Special One said before the international break that Cos ...
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Chelsea's Nemanja Matic believes his side can cope without Diego Costa against Maribor ...
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Can Chelsea Cope With Diego Costa’s Absence For Long?

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Chelsea v Maribor: Predicted line-ups, preview & betting tips

Oct 21 2014 2:41am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

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Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United Title Claim Rubbished by Gary Neville

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Chelsea vs. NK Maribor, 2014 UEFA Champions League: Team news and game preview

Oct 21 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

Chelsea should comfortably see off Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Chelsea are unlikely to have a problem recording their second consecutive Champions League victory on Tuesday, as they host one of the competition's minnows, Maribor, at Stamford Bridge. The Blues head into the match on the back of a narrow victory over Sporting Lisbon, though one that was sufficient to move them two points clear at the top of Group G. ...
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Chelsea vs. Maribor: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Oct 21 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Maribor have the opportunity to topple Group G leaders Chelsea on Tuesday if the Slovenians are able to muster an upset in this Champions League clash. Jose Mourinho's men are currently top of the pile after taking four points from their first two fixtures, while Maribor also remain unbeaten, having drawn against Sporting Lisbon and Schalke thus far. The Slovenian champions travel to Stamford Bridge in the hopes that they might retain their unbeaten recor ...
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