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Atletico up to second with Betis win, Villarreal edge into top four

Monday, November 23, 2015 10:52:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Atletico Madrid moved up to second in La Liga as Koke's early strike was enough to earn all three points in a 1-0 win away to Real Betis.

Diego Simeone's men close to within four points of leaders Barcelona, but now lead city rivals Real Madrid by two points after Barça thrashed Real 4-0 on Saturday. The visitors were rewarded for a fast start as Antonio Adan could only parry Fernando Torres's shot on seven minutes and Koke was on hand to sweep home the rebound.

Atletico should have gone on to win by a much greater margin as they controlled the game throughout. Antoine Griezmann volleyed Torres's lovely chipped past over midway through the first half. Betis only threatened to strike back once when Jan Oblak produced a stunning save from Alvaro Cejudo's long-range effort.

Elsewhere, Villarreal edged into the top four on goal difference thanks to a Jaume Costa late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to ten-man Eibar.

Granada moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, and Levante also edged closer to safety with just their second win of the season, 3-0 away at Sporting Gijon.

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