Atletico keeps pace with Real Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP)
Atletico rebounded from its first home loss of the season in the last round with a no-nonsense performance that left it one point behind second-place Real Madrid.
Diego Costa has a reputation for being one of the league's most physical players, and he responded to the jeers of the home fans with a pair of goals before being helped off with an apparent leg injury in the 74th.
The Brazilian forward, who scored a hat trick here two seasons ago, headed in his own miss after goalkeeper Andres Fernandez saved his first try to finish off a counterattack led by Jorge ''Koke'' Resurrecion in the 35th minute.
He sealed the win with a second goal in the 48th by muscling by his marker to tap in Koke's well-placed free kick.