Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Spain

Radamel Falcao © Action Images

Falcao helps Atletico end away-day blues



Atletico Madrid remembered how to win away again when Radamel Falcao opened the scoring in a 3-0 victory at Real Valladolid that cut the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona back to 12 points on Sunday.

Diego Simeone's side last won on the road in mid-November, when they defeated Granada 1-0, but after consecutive defeats in La Liga and the Europa League they rediscovered their bite to turn over their hosts.

Colombia striker Falcao pounced on a loose ball to score after Diego Godin's volley at a free kick was only parried in the 11th minute. It was his 20th league goal of the season.

Atletico's recent wobble looked to be behind them as they were first to everything and Brazilian striker Diego Costa doubled the lead in the 53rd minute after latching on to a cushioned header from midfielder Koke.

Uruguay winger Cristian Rodriguez grabbed a third at the end when he sneaked in to profit from a poor pass back to the goalkeeper.

Barca's 2-1 comeback win in Granada on Saturday, when Lionel Messi scored twice, put them on 65 points from 24 games, Atletico are second with 53 and Real Madrid third with 46.

The champions host city rivals Rayo Vallecano in the late game.

Earlier, a towering header from Ricardo Costa and a late strike from Roberto Soldado earned 10-man Valencia a 2-0 home win over struggling Real Mallorca that lifted them to fifth.

Valencia, who lost 2-1 at home to Paris St Germain in the Champions League last week, were in trouble after 28 minutes when Tino Costa was sent off for swinging his arm into Tomas Pina.

The pace of Mallorca's Giovani dos Santos was a constant threat but Portugal defender Costa rose at the back post to power a header under the bar from a corner in the 60th minute.

Home keeper Diego Alves kept Mallorca at bay and the hard-working hosts were rewarded when Spain striker Soldado broke free and squeezed a shot under Dudu Aouate nine minutes from time.

Mallorca, second bottom of La Liga, have one win from their last 19 league outings.

Valencia have 40 points, two behind fourth-placed Malaga, who beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at home on Saturday.

In the midday kickoff, Levante stalled Real Sociedad's push for European football next season by holding them to a 1-1 draw with ten men, both goals coming from first-half penalties.

Carlos Vela gave the Basques the lead and Michel levelled, but Levante hung on despite a second yellow card for defender Nikos Karabelas early in the second period.

Real Sociedad are sixth with 37 points.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
Vincent Enyeama versus the NFF
Who could have imagined that a small innocent comment by the captain of the Nigerian national team...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Are women refs better than men?
This coming weekend (4th and 5th July 2015) will see the final of two major soccer competitions in...

Sunday Oliseh
Cech just what the Dr ordered
Arsenal have been a bit lightweight in the goalkeeping department since the departure of Jens...

Neil Tovey
Why I answered Safa’s call
I am pleased to have agreed to a deal in principle to serve as Safa’s technical director for the...

Carol Radull
Why Harambee Stars won't go far
So, Harambee Stars lost 2-0 to Ethiopia in our Chan qualifier match on Sunday. What’s so surprising...

Clyde Tlou
Time for SA legends to step forward
A lack of ambition is hampering the South African 1996 Africa Cup of Nations legends.