Atletico Madrid joined Barcelona at the top of Spanish La Liga as a double from Diego Costa guided them to a 3-0 win over Valencia on Sunday.
After a disappointing first-half, Costa opened the scoring in style with a stunning individual effort 14 minutes after the restart. Just four minutes later substitute Raul Garcia rattled home a loose ball inside the area to seal the three points.
Costa then saw a penalty saved by Diego Alves, but made no mistake when handed a second opportunity from the spot six minutes later to move level with Cristiano Ronaldo as La Liga’s top scorer on 17.
Both Atletico and Barça, on 43 points from 16 games, now have a five-point lead over Real Madrid after Los Blancos could only manage a 2-2 draw at Osasuna on Saturday.
The hosts still found it hard going in the opening 45 minutes as Valencia controlled possession without posing a threat to Thibaut Courtois’s goal.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad moved to within four points of their Basque neighbours Athletic as they hammered bottom of the table Real Betis 5-1 at Anoeta.