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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Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Atletico Madrid345285
2Barcelona346681
3Real Madrid336279
4Athletic Bilbao342262
5Sevilla341859
6Real Sociedad34754
7Villarreal331452
8Valencia34045
9Espanyol34-641
10Levante34-1141
11Celta Vigo34-1140
12Rayo Vallecano34-2940
13Malaga33-838
14Granada34-2037
15Elche34-1935
16Osasuna34-2535
17Real Valladolid33-1832
18Getafe34-2232
19Almeria34-3230
20Real Betis34-4022