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La Liga wrap: Atletico win seven-goal thriller

17 September 2012 00:20

Atletico Madrid have survived a stunning late fightback from Rayo Vallecano to take out a seven-goal thriller at Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

After taking a 1-0 lead into half-time courtesy of a Mario Suarez goal in the 29th minute, Atletico appeared to put the result beyond doubt following a devastating three-goal blitz early in the second half.

Koke, Arda Turan and Falcao - from the penalty spot - all got their names on the scoresheet within the space of seven minutes to put Atletico up 4-0 after just 56 minutes and leave Rayo heads spinning.

Atletico held on to their four-goal buffer right up until the 81st minute and appeared destined for a comfortable victory but a quick-fire brace from Andrija Delibasic and a follow-up from Leo with just one minute of regular time remaining saw Rayo roar back into life and set up a grandstand finish.

However, the hosts managed to hang on for a memorable 4-3 win and move up to fifth on the La Liga table.

Third-placed Mallorca blew a chance to move to second place after being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-placed Osasuna at Estadio El Sadar.

The result could have been even more embarrassing for the visitors after Osasuna opened the scoring in the 69th minute thanks to a Kike Sola header.

But Mallorca saved their blushes to a degree nine minutes later when Tomer Hemed produced a header of his own to level scores and ensure the sides shared the spoils.

Granada were another bottom-three side to score an upset draw against more-fancied opposition when they held Deportivo La Coruna to a 1-1 result.

Deportivo grabbed the lead four minutes before half-time through Nelson Oliveira but Floro Flores ensured the hosts wouldn't finish the match empty-handed when he goaled in the 81st minute.

In other results, Real Sociedad defeated Real Zaragoza 2-0 while Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +83 91
2 38 +76 90
3 38 +45 88
4 38 +9 64
5 38 +13 62
6 38 -8 60
7 38 +1 52
8 38 +3 48
9 38 -3 48
10 38 -18 45
11 38 -8 44
12 38 -2 44
13 38 -34 43
14 38 -12 43
15 38 -16 42
16 38 -23 39
17 38 -22 39
18 38 -21 38
19 38 -30 36
20 38 -33 32

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