Atletico top again, Barca lose

Atletico Madrid claimed top spot in the Primera Division standings with a 2-0 win at Celta Vigo on Saturday - after Barcelona had suffered a surprise loss at Valladolid.

Last Updated: 08/03/14 at 23:27 Post Comment

Adriano, Tello and Sergi Roberto: Shock defeat for Barca

Adriano, Tello and Sergi Roberto: Shock defeat for Barca

Relegation-battling Valladolid caused one of the upsets of the season in the day's early kick-off, inflicting a 1-0 defeat on the champions.

The clubs were separated by 40 points and 16 places heading into the match but it was the third-bottom side who emerged victorious thanks to Fausto Rossi's first-half strike.

With Barca having been beaten, and Real Madrid not in action until they face Levante on Sunday, Diego Simeone's Atletico headed into their game at Balaidos knowing a win would put them at the summit.

The first half was a lacklustre affair but a different Atletico emerged for the second period and two goals in two minutes just after the hour mark from former Barca striker David Villa sent Los Rojiblancos top - above Real on head-to-head record.

Elsewhere, rock-bottom Real Betis claimed their fourth win of the campaign with a 2-0 success against Getafe.

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute through Leo Baptistao and Ruben Castro made sure of the points before half-time.

The result left the Seville-based side still bottom of the standings, but having cut the gap to safety to eight points.

In the late kick-off, fifth-placed Villarreal went down 2-0 at Granada.

Fran Rico opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half, and Youssef El Arabi doubled their advantage 10 minutes later.

The result left the Yellow Submarine six points behind fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao, who visit Valencia on Sunday night, while Granada climbed to 12th.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Transfer news: Samuel Eto'o leaves Everton for Sampdoria on free transfer

Samuel Eto'o has completed his free transfer from Everton to Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Transfer news: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino coy on transfers

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino refuses to discuss transfer activity ahead of semi-final against Sheffield United.

Andrea Pirlo: Pogba not going back to Manchester United

Andrea Pirlo says that Manchester United must 'live with their mistake' of allowing Paul Pogba to leave because he is never coming back.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

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