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Falcao scores in Atletico victory

Radamel Falcao (R) celebrates Atletico Madrid's second goal against Osasuna.
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Atletico Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Osasuna at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

LA LIGA RESULTS

 
Saturday, October 27
Home Road
Espanyol 0-0 Malaga
Real Betis 1-0 Valencia
Celta Vigo 1-1 Deportivo
Rayo 0-5 Barcelona
Sunday, October 28
Zaragoza 2-1 Sevilla
Levante 3-1 Granada
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Getafe
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Osasuna
Mallorca 0-5 Real Madrid
Monday, October 29
Valladolid 2-2 Real Sociedad
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Two goals in four minutes just after the half-hour mark from Miranda and Raul Garcia had Diego Simeone's men in a commanding position, but Roland Lamah reduced the arrears just before half-time with a lovely curling effort from outside the area.

However, it seemed only a matter of time before Radamel Falcao would get his customary goal and he made it 17 in his past 11 games for club and country 17 minutes from time with a controlled volley from Juanfran's cross.

Atletico have now won 12 games in a row in all competitions and moved level with Barca on 25 from a possible 27 points at the top.

Levante secured their fourth consecutive win in all competitions as a brace from Obafemi Martins and a goal from Pedro Rios downed Granada 3-1.

The Nigerian striker took advantage of some hesitant defending by Granada's Inigo Lopez to turn and fire low into the bottom corner on 12 minutes.

After a bright start to the second period, the ex-Newcastle forward doubled his tally thanks to more poor defending by the visitors, burrowing his way into the box to slip a shot underneath Tono.

Rios continued his own goalscoring run by notching his third goal in four days with a neat finish 17 minutes from time, before Youssef El-Arabi grabbed a consolation for the visitors with his third goal in as many games.

Los Granotes have now won seven straight home games and were well worthy of a victory over a Granada side lacking in invention at one end and resilience at the other.

Antonio Juan Rodriguez and Alvaro Vazquez were both on target to help Getafe to a 2-1 victory that extended Athletic Bilbao's wretched start to the season.

Juan Rodriguez broke the deadlock with an 11th-minute header and Vazquez put the visitors firmly en route to three points with a close-range finish just before the hour mark.

Mikel San Jose halved the deficit in added-on time but his strike came too late for Bilbao to push for an equaliser.

Marcelo Bielsa's men have now won just two of their opening nine domestic fixtures and are hovering just above the drop zone following their third defeat in a week.

Elsewhere, Real Zaragoza claimed only their second home win of the season, beating Sevilla 2-1 thanks to two goals in 10 first-half minutes from Helder Postiga and Cristian Sapunaru.

On Saturday, Malaga failed to build on their midweek Champions League success over AC Milan as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling Espanyol at the Cornella El-Prat.

Manuel Pellegrini's side had the better chances but two headers from Martin Demichelis failed to find the target in the first half, while home goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez was called upon in stoppage time to turn Roque Santa Cruz's header wide.

The draw does neither side much good as Espanyol remain in the Primera Division's relegation zone, while Malaga finished the weekend seven points off the title pace.

Real Betis ended the weekend fifth after Salva Sevilla's first goal of the season helped them see off Valencia 1-0.

Los Verdiblancos dominated the early stages and went ahead after just nine minutes as Juan Carlos' cross was not properly cleared by Adil Rami and Sevilla slammed home from the edge of the area despite the best efforts of Diego Alves.

Valencia were much improved after the break with Roberto Soldado in particular having his chances but Adrian made a fine save with his legs to repel the Spanish international's best effort three minutes from time to claim his third consecutive clean sheet since taking over as number one.

Deportivo La Coruna fought back to claim a draw at Celta Vigo in the Galician derby - but they could not take advantage of their hosts having to play for almost 40 minutes with 10 men.

Mario Bermejo gave Celta an eighth-minute lead only for Juan Dominguez to equalise 21 minutes later in their clash.

Celta were then reduced to 10 men in the 52nd minute when Gustavo Cabral was dismissed following his second yellow card but the visitors failed to make the extra man count as they claimed their third away point of the season.

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