Atletico Madrid came out on top after an awkward match at Elche to go level on points with Barcelona with a 2-0 win.

Diego Simeone's side had struggled to overcome Fran Escriba's disciplined outfit until Koke broke the deadlock on 62 minutes.

Diego Costa, who had assisted the opening goal by playing to the limits of the law, made sure of the three points 11 minutes later.

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