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La Liga Review: Atletico up to second as strugglers triumph

22 November 2015 23:32

Atletico Madrid are up to second in La Liga after Koke's early goal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win at Real Betis.

Koke pounced after Fernando Torres' seventh-minute shot was saved and the 2013-14 champions sit four points behind leaders Barcelona and two ahead of city rivals Real Madrid, who were humiliated 4-0 at home in El Clasico on Saturday.

Antoine Griezmann was particularly culpable as Atletico missed a host of chances to secure a more comfortable victory, but Betis could not find a response in the face of a brave defensive effort led by Diego Godin.

Levante and Granada claimed their second wins of the season to ease their relegation fears.

All of Levante's goals in a 3-0 win at Sporting Gijon came before half-time, with a brace from Deyverson coming either side of centre-back Zouhair Feddal's 27th-minute goal.

Aymeric Laporte's own-goal gave Athletic Bilbao a nightmare start at Granada and Isaac Success rounded off a 2-0 win for the hosts before the hour.

One point remains between fourth-placed Villarreal and surprise high-flyers Eibar after the teams played out a 1-1 draw.

Sergi Enrich put the away side ahead at El Madrigal but they would rue captain Dani Garcia having a penalty saved by Alphonse Areola three minutes before half-time.

Villarreal had to wait until the 85th minute to draw level as Denis Suarez's throughball released Jaume Costa to finish.

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La Liga table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +43 51
2 19 +20 42
3 19 +21 40
4 18 +15 32
5 19 +5 31
6 19 -5 29
7 19 -3 27
8 19 -7 27
9 19 +5 26
10 19 +0 26
11 19 +6 25
12 19 +1 25
13 18 -2 24
14 19 -6 24
15 19 -1 23
16 19 -11 18
17 19 -13 18
18 19 -16 16
19 19 -20 11
20 19 -32 11

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