Result: Atletico Madrid 3-1 Espanyol

Arda Turan
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Turkish winger Arda Turan scores twice as Atletico Madrid claim maximum points from their home encounter against Espanyol.

Arda Turan scored twice to help Atletico Madrid take maximum points from their home encounter with Espanyol this evening.

The hosts started the brighter of the two sides and went on to open the scoring in the ninth minute. Diego's corner was met by Diego Godin, who planted a header into the top left-hand corner of the net.

However, Atletico's lead only lasted ten minutes as Didac slotted in after a low pass from Sergio Garcia.

Despite dominating the remainder of the half, Atletico were forced to head into the break level.

Atletico continued to control the proceedings after the restart as they forced Cristian Alvarez into a number of saves.

They eventually made the breakthrough for the second time thanks to Turan in the 59th minute. The Turkish winger fired into the net from just inside the area to put his side in front.

Turan then went on to double his side's advantage just two minutes later when he sent a left footed effort into the roof of the net.

Eduardo Salvio went close to extending the home side's lead in the closing stages, but his rising effort struck the post before being cleared to safety.

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1Barcelona286368
2Real Madrid285264
3Valencia283060
4Atletico Madrid283059
5Sevilla281855
6Villarreal281749
7Malaga28044
8Athletic Bilbao28-639
9Real Sociedad28-436
10Celta Vigo28-235
11Rayo Vallecano28-1735
12Espanyol28-534
13Getafe28-1529
14Eibar28-1228
15Elche28-2927
16Deportivo La Coruna28-2126
17Almeria28-1925
18Levante28-2925
19Granada28-2523
20Cordoba28-2618