Atletico Madrid return to leadership after scrappy Getafe win

Atletico Madrid returned to the top of the Spanish Liga table with victory over Getafe.

Atletico Madrid returned to the top of the Spanish Liga table with victory over Getafe.

Atletico regained their three-point lead at the top of the table on Sunday, although their 2-0 derby win over nine-man Getafe was not a performance to savour.

Diego Simeone's men struggled to break down their Madrid rivals, who are battling for survival, with Diego Godin's goal the only highlight of a poor first half.

Not even the dismissals of Angel Lafita and Alexis could inspire the leaders, who saw Diego Costa miss a penalty before making amends with a goal late on, although the Brazil-born striker suffered a worrying-looking injury for his efforts and left the field on a stretcher.

 
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