Atletico move to second spot in La Liga with win over Betis

Madrid, Nov 23 (IANS) Atletico Madrid moved into second place of La Liga football competition after Koke gave them a 1-0 win away to Real Betis and are now four points behind league leaders Barcelona.

With Atletico’s win in Seville on sunday, the Diego Simeone-coached side moved to 26 points from 12 rounds of matches. Real Madrid, who were humiliated 0-4 against Barcelona at home, are third with 24 points.

Levante on Sunday climbed off the bottom of the table thanks to a 3-0 win away against Sporting Gijon. Deyverson scored twice and Feddel scored from close range in a game the visitors dominated from start to finish.

Eibar’s excellent start to the season continued with a 1-1 draw away against Villarreal. Sergi Enriqe put the visitors ahead midway through the first half and they should have doubled their lead only for Dsni Garcia to have a penalty saved, before Jaume Costa’s equaliser five minutes from time assured a share of the points.

Athletic Club Bilbao missed the chance to climb the table as they slipped to a shock 0-2 defeat away against Granada. An Aymeric Loporte own goal in the fourth minute and another from John Success were enough to lift Granada off the bottom of the table.

Eusebio Sacristan debuted as Real Sociedad coach with a win as his side took advantage of two defensive errors to defeat Sevilla 2-0 with goals from Imanol Agirretxe, who volleyed in his ninth goal of the season, and Xavi Prieto, who scored from close range.

Sevilla’s day was made worse by the Achilles tendon injury suffered by Marco Andreolli, which will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Two first half goals from Hernan Perez gave Espanyol a 2-0 home win over Malaga, who have only scored in two of their 12 games to date this season and drop to bottom of the table after Las Palmas took a point away to Valencia thanks to a goal from former Valencia striker Jonathan Viera, which cancelled out Paco Alcacer’s opener in Mestalla.

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