Win puts Atletico top
A review of the weekend's action so far in Spain's Primera Division, including another success for Atletico Madrid.
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A second-half goal from Koke was enough to give Atletico Madrid all three points in a tight game at Malaga with victory guiding Diego Simeone's side to the top of the Primera Division for at least 24 hours.
The visitors were made to sweat for the victory and had endured a frustrating afternoon at La Rosaleda until the Spain international popped up with the winner on 70 minutes.
Not for the first time this season away from the Calderon, Atleti struggled to create many chances but Simeone has instilled a winning mentality in the team and once again they did just enough to take all the points home with them.
The Madrid side have now gained 49 points, three more than Barcelona, who entertain Elche on Sunday.
Juan Antonio Pizzi enjoyed the ideal start to life as new Valencia coach after seeing his charges earn a 2-0 derby victory over city rivals Levante.
Argentina-born Pizzi's countryman Pablo Piatti drilled home the opener just before half-time and the influential Sofiane Feghouli sealed the win midway through the second half with a neat finish.
Real Valladolid and Real Betis shared the spoils in an exciting albeit goalless draw at the Jose Zorilla stadium, a result that does little to help either team's precarious situation in the Primera Division.
Los Blanquivioletas move one point away from the drop zone but could find themselves back in it on Sunday if Osasuna beat Espanyol, while Betis remain rooted to the bottom of the table, five points behind Valladolid.
On the plus side for the Andalusians, Juan Carlos Garrido finally earned his first point since taking over as coach last month.
Despite the lack of goals, this was an open game in which both teams showed ambition going forward but were unable to put the ball in the net.
At the foot of the table, Almeria climbed out of the bottom four with a 3-0 win over Granada, Sebastian Dubarbier, Verza (penalty) and Alex Vidal on the scoresheet.