Atletico move above Real

A first half goal from Koke was enough to see Atletico Madrid secure a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday and move up to second in the La Liga standings.

Having watched on as local rivals Real Madrid were hammered 4-0 by Barcelona on Saturday, Atleti knew that a win at Betis would see them edge ahead of Real and they achieved just that.

Diego Simeone's side went ahead after just seven minutes, with Koke on hand to fire home after Betis keeper Antonio Adán had parried Fernando Torres' shot into the middle of the area.

The visitors had numerous chances to extend their lead, with Antoine Griezmann particularly wasteful. However, with Betis possessing little of an attacking threat, they were able to come away with the three points.

Villarreal have Jaume Costa to thank for a late goal that earned them a draw against Eibar at home.

Silky interplay between Borja Baston and Sergio Enrich saw the latter score first for Eibar in the 27th minute.

The hosts were then lucky not to concede a second late in the opening half when Dani Garcia's penalty attempt was brilliantly saved by Villarreal stopper Alphonse Areola who went the right way.

The game was evenly matched throughout the second stanza until Costa latched onto a pass from Denis Suarez,and sent the ball crashing off the right hand post and into the back of the net in the 85th minute.

Levante travelled to Gijon and were simply too good for the hosts, notching up three goals in the opening half.

Deyverson would score twice for Lavante, while a rebound would land at the feet of Zouhair Feddal who tapped in from close range.

Gijon's Rodriguez Menendez Jonathan had the chance to pull one back from the penalty spot in the second half, but Ruben would thwart his effort with a good save to his left.

Granada defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0, with the opener coming courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from Aymeric Laporte. The Athletic Bilbao player attempted to intercept a pass but ended up firing the ball into the back of his own net.

Isaac Success would then score an opportunistic goal in the second half to seal the win for Granada.

Results:
Villareal 1-1 Eibar
Gijon 0-3 Lavante
Granada 2-0 Athletic Bilbao
Betis 1-0 Atletico Madrid

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