Atletico win; strugglers draw

Atletico Madrid closed the gap on second-placed Real Madrid after pinching the points at Sevilla as struggling Deportivo La Coruna and Osasuna both drew.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 22:43 Post Comment

Radamel Falcao: Scored the only goal as Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla

Radamel Falcao: Scored the only goal as Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Radamel Falcao demonstrated why he is the No.1 transfer target for so many top European clubs by snatching a 1-0 victory for Atletico Madrid at Sevilla with a classic poacher's goal.

The Colombian poked home a shot from Raul Garcia with 14 minutes remaining to decide a closely-fought match which kept Atletico on course for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Fernando Llorente scored his first Primera Division goal since September to earn 10-man Athletic Bilbao a 1-1 draw from their trip to in-form Deportivo La Coruna.

Bruno Gama had Depor dreaming of a fifth successive victory with his 38th-minute strike when he found the roof of the net from the edge of the box to get on the scoresheet for a third successive game.

Depor's lead lasted just six minutes, though, before Athletic got back on terms when Llorente showed his aerial prowess to nod home Andoni Iraola's right-wing cross.

Llorente and Markel Susaeta were both denied by the woodwork for Athletic in the second half before the visitors had Ander Iturraspe sent off nine minutes from time for a second yellow card.

Nine-man Getafe's hopes of qualifying for the Europa League suffered a blow after they lost 2-0 at home to Espanyol.

Joan Verdu gave Espanyol the lead on 37 minutes when he started and finished a wonderful team move. Verdu gave the ball to Christian Stuani and the midfielder chipped a cross to Sergio Garcia, who aimed a cushioned header into the path of Verdu to shoot past Jordi Codina with ease.

Getafe had the ball in the net not long after when Alberto Lopo's header was ruled out for offside before Borja Fernandez was shown a second yellow card on 52 minutes.

Federico Fernandez became the second Getafe player to be dismissed with 18 minutes to go and Espanyol scored from the resulting free-kick as Stuani finished from close range.

Osasuna could not get the win they needed to arrest a poor run of form that has them hovering just above the relegation zone, but did enough to frustrate Real Sociedad's European ambitions in a 0-0 draw.

There were desperately few chances of note at either end, although Sociedad's Imanol Agirretxe was denied by a post midway through the first half with a header from a corner.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company