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Villa injury takes shine off Atletico win

2 February 2014 22:14

Atletico Madrid are facing an anxious wait to learn the full extent of a thigh injury suffered by David Villa in the win over Real Sociedad.

The Spain striker's withdrawal after 41 minutes was the only downside to a superb performance against Sociedad on Sunday, as Diego Simeone's men claimed outright leadership of La Liga with a resounding 4-0 win.

Villa had opened the scoring with a close-range finish to set Atletico on their way, but he was then forced off just three minutes later to be replaced by Raul Garcia.

The club subsequently confirmed that an initial scan had shown a "muscle injury on the back of the left thigh".

Villa will undergo further medical tests next week to ascertain the seriousness of the problem.

The news took the shine of an otherwise superb day for Atletico, who sealed victory and top spot in the table as goals from Diego Costa, Miranda and one from new signing Diego added to Villa's early strike.

Despite the setback, Simeone was delighted to see his side assume the role of league leaders, singling out Diego for special praise.

"Without any doubt it's something good for the players because they are doing a tremendous effort," he said.

"We have to keep going facing every match with the same intensity and ability of work as we have done at La Liga so far.

"Diego is going to give us what you saw tonight, he is a sort of player with personality, aggressiveness; every time he has the ball there is a dangerous chance against the others."

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Info

Competition
Primera División
Date
2 February 2014
Game week
22
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Estadio Vicente Calderón (Madrid)
Attendance
51800

Goals

David Villa 38'
(assist by Diego Costa) 
1 - 0
Diego Costa 72'
(assist by Raúl García) 
2 - 0
Miranda 74'
(assist by Koke) 
3 - 0
Diego 87'
(assist by C. Rodríguez) 
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
23 22' 74'
20
22
2
14
4
24
6 39'
9 38'
19 72'
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8 69'
21 87'
11
1
7
12
17
# Player Bookings
9
8
18
3
13
23
31

Friday 11 July

22:18
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21:31
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20:16
19:51
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18:54
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12:06
12:04
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11:34
10:47
10:24
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10:02
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08:50
07:42
07:27
07:16
07:05
06:25
06:01
04:44
04:42
03:52
02:00
02:00
01:57
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Thursday 10 July

23:12
21:57
21:56
21:41
21:10
20:52
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17:54
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01:43
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Wednesday 9 July

23:44
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20:13
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19:31
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18:34
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06:22
04:50
03:56
03:56
03:30
02:17
01:42
01:27
01:04
00:49
00:48
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +51 90
2 38 +67 87
3 38 +66 87
4 38 +27 70
5 38 +17 63
6 38 +16 59
7 38 +7 59
8 38 -2 49
9 38 -5 49
10 38 -8 48
11 38 -7 45
12 38 -34 43
13 38 -19 42
14 38 -10 42
15 38 -24 41
16 38 -20 40
17 38 -28 40
18 38 -30 39
19 38 -22 36
20 38 -42 25

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