Atletico Madrid defeat Valencia to go equal top

Atletico Madrid have gone equal top after victory over Valencia.

Atletico Madrid have gone equal top after victory over Valencia.

Atletico overcame a difficult first half to sweep to a 3-0 victory over Valencia and go level on points and goal difference with Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division.

Diego Costa struck the opening goal of a difficult night on 59 minutes, and then Raul Garcia doubled the lead just moments after coming onto the pitch.

Costa missed a penalty and then scored his second attempt from the spot to round off a victory that will further bolster Atletico's title hopes.

 
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