Primera Liga round-up

Sunday 18th November 2012 21:25

Arda Turan: Atletico's match-winner against Granada

Arda Turan: Atletico's match-winner against Granada

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Atletico Madrid closed the gap on Barcelona to three points at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win at Granada on Sunday.

Arda Turan scored the only goal of the game just past the hour mark, but Atletico had to hold on for the win after Mario Suarez was sent off 20 minutes from time.

Levante climbed to fourth in the Primera Division as goals from Obafemi Martins and Jose Barkero handed them a 2-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna at La Riazor.

Martins opened the scoring with his fifth goal in eight games since joining Los Granotes five minutes before half-time but the hosts were given a great chance to get back into the game when Pedro Lopez was shown a second yellow card for handling inside his own area 10 minutes into the second half.

However, Riki blasted the resulting penalty over the bar and, after the numbers had been evened up as Depor goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia was also sent off for a second bookable offence, Barkero wrapped things up for the visitors with a long-range effort into the bottom-left corner eight minutes from time.

Sevilla took the bragging rights with a convincing 5-1 win over Real Betis in the Seville derby.

Sevilla got off to a flying start with Jose Antonio Reyes firing them in front in the first minute and Federico Fazio doubled the lead four minutes later.

Reyes made it 3-0 on 33 minutes before Fazio added a fourth two minutes before the break.

Things got worse for Betis when Ruben Perez was sent off on 62 minutes after picking up two bookings in the space of five minutes.

Ruben Castro pulled a goal back for Betis on 66 minutes, but Ivan Rakitic completed the rout in the final minute.

Real Mallorca ended a run of six consecutive league defeats by earning a valuable point in a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo.

Tomer Hemed put the visitors in front with his seventh goal of the season in the 22nd minute, but Park Chu-young drew Celta level with a simple finish from a wonderful cross by Iago Aspas 11 minutes after the break.

Two goals in four minutes from Alexis and Angel Lafita saw Getafe come from behind to beat Valladolid 2-1 and move into the top half of the table.

Oscar Gonzalez's sixth goal of the season had put Valladolid ahead just before the break but after Omar Ramos came within inches of doubling the lead with a shot that smacked off the underside off the bar, Getafe rallied to score twice in the final 16 minutes through Alexis and Lafita.

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