La Liga Results: Analysis for Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid and All Matches

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

La Liga Results: Analysis for Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid and All Matches

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    The Liga action continued on Sunday with Real Betis, Villarreal and Osasuna all in action. On Monday Granada entertained Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Los Carmenes.

    The Beticos hosted El Submarino Amarillo at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, while Osasuna took on Levante at El Sadar.

    Take a glance at all the action from another enthralling slate of Spanish matchups right here.

Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid

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    Atletico Madrid secured capital city bragging rights with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid.

    Real had no answer to the relentless pressure of Atletico who took the derby spoils thanks to Diego Costa’s first-half goal.

    Gareth Bale was unable to influence the outcome after climbing off the bench at half time, while Cristiano Ronaldo had a rare off day.

    Costa’s winning goal came on 11 minutes. Koke dispossessed Angel Di Maria and threaded a pass to Costa who swept the ball beyond Diego Lopez.

    Tiago should have doubled the lead but powered a free header wide, while in the second half Costa went clear on goal but fired a shot straight at Lopez.

    Real improved following the late introduction of Alvaro Morata, but they could not find a way past Thibaut Courtois. Atletico won and moved to the top of La Liga with Barcelona.

Almeria 0-2 Barcelona

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    Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at Almeria, but they lost star man Lionel Messi to injury.

    Messi was on hand to open the scoring, drilling the ball home following an exchange of passes with Pedro.

    Shortly afterwards, the Argentine’s day was done as he was replaced on 28 minutes after picking up a leg injury.

    Barcelona’s official website later revealed that Messi had a problem with his right thigh and would be assessed on Sunday.

    Messi picked up an injury to the biceps femoris in his right thigh and he will undergo additional tests on Sunday.

    — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 28, 2013

    Xavi, who came on for Messi, combined with Cesc Fabregas to create the crucial second goal for Adriano on 56 minutes.

    The win extends Barcelona’s perfect start to seven wins.

Saturday's Results

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    Jonas scored the only goal of the game as Valencia beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0.

    Jonas dispossessed Joao Perreira on the edge of the box before drilling a shot into the corner.

    Real Sociedad fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Sevilla.

    Jairo fired Sevilla ahead on 18 minutes, but Antonio Griezmann’s effort on 66 minutes earned Sociedad a point.

Sunday's Matches

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    Jordi Xumetra scored an 87th minute winner at El Sadar Stadium to give Levante a precious three-point haul against Osasuna. It caps a remarkable recovery from the Granotes, who've not lost since their 7-0 drubbing on the opening day to Barcelona at Camp Nou.

    Elche followed suit later in the day, securing a 1-0 victory away to Celta Vigo, and Getafe went one further by beating Espanyol 2-0 on their own patch—thus ending their unbeaten run to start the season.

    Real Betis turned their early-season slump around with an impressive 1-0 victory over Villarreal in Sunday's final kick off. Young talent Nosa scored the only goal of the game in the first half at the Benito Villamarin.

Real Valladolid 2-2 Malaga

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    Real Valladolid and Malaga shared the points after a thrilling second half produced a 2-2 draw on Friday night.

    Malaga took the lead through Roque Santa Cruz in the 23rd minute before Valladolid equalised via Javi Guerra's powerful header in the 56th minute. Eight minutes later the hosts were ahead as Humberto Osorio beat the keeper with another header.

    Malaga then tied it in the 76th minute as Bartlomiej produced a deft turn and volley inside the box.

    With the draw, Malaga moved up to seventh on nine points through seven matches. Valladolid are 13th with six points.

Granada 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

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    Youssef El Arabi scored twice in eight minutes as Granada ended a five-match winless skid on Monday at home to Athletic Bilbao.

    The 26-year-old Morocco international, who arrived at Granada in 2012 from Al-Hilal, broke a scoreless deadlock from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after Ander Herrera had fouled Jeison Murillo inside the area.

    El Arabi then doubled his haul shortly after the hour-mark with a headed effort made possible by Pape Diakhate’s layoff following a corner kick.

    Athletic quite nearly pulled one back in the fourth-minute of second-half stoppage time but Oscar De Marcos’ shot went just wide of the target.