Atletico Madrid goes top in Spain for 1st time since 1996

Atletico Madrid slammed four past Real Sociedad to take the lead in Spanish League standings and show that the Barcelona-Real Madrid monopoly at the top may face fresh threat.

updated: February 03, 2014 11:20 IST
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Madrid: Atletico Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona's rare slip-up as it pummeled Real Sociedad 4-0 on Sunday to take sole possession of the lead in the Spanish league for the first time this season.

David Villa, Diego Costa, Miranda, and the newly arrived Diego scored the goals that put Atletico clear at the top of the standings, having shared the lead with Barcelona for much of the campaign.

Atletico holds a three point advantage over Barcelona and Real Madrid after Athletic Bilbao rallied to draw 1-1 against Madrid, which finished without Cristiano Ronaldo after he was red carded.

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