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Atletico Madrid extends perfect start

Atletico Madrid's Brazilian forward Leo Baptistao (L) vies with Osasuna's defender Alejandro Arribas
Atletico Madrid's Leo Baptistao (L) helped his side stay perfect in La Liga.
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BARCELONA (AP)

Atletico Madrid also stayed perfect thanks to goals by Diego Costa in a 2-1 win against Osasuna, giving it 18 points, although Barcelona stay top with its better goal differential with their 4-1 victory over Real Sociedad.

Costa scored his sixth league goal of the season for Atletico when he deftly flicked in a cross in the 18th and he then doubled his tally with a sublime header from a Jorge ''Koke'' Resurreccion assist in the 25th. Oriol Rieira pulled one back for Osasuna in the 43rd.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone chose to rest striker David Villa and began with an all-Brazillian attack of Baptistao and Diego Costa.

Elsewhere, Levante drew 1-1 with Valladolid. Baba Diawara opened the scoring for Levante in the 35th minute and Javier Guerra equalized six minutes later.

Malaga beat Almeria 2-0 with goals by Fernando Tissone and Francisco Portillo.

On Wednesday Real Madrid travels to Elche, Sevilla hosts Rayo Vallecano and Granada plays Valencia.

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