Atletico top, Valencia end winless run
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Atletico Madrid ended the weekend at the top of the Spanish La Liga table after a 2-0 win away to Real Betis, coupled with Barcelona's win over Real Madrid. Atletico made hard work of it against a side bottom of the table, but capitalised on the second-half dismissal of Betis forward Braian Rodriguez to score twice in seven minutes.

Rodriguez saw red in the 55th minute for his second bookable offence, and three minutes later Gabi's driven shot put Betis ahead before Diego Costa doubled the lead in the 64th minute. Atletico are level on points with their neighbours Real, with Barca lurking just one point behind.

Sevilla built on their dramatic UEFA Europa League triumph over Betis in mid-week by comfortably beating Osasuna 2-1 away from home.

Jairo Samperio opened the scoring midway through the first half with a fine individual goal, and Carlos Bacca doubled the lead from the penalty spot just before half-time in a highly controversial incident, which saw Osasuna coach Javi Gracia sent away from his dugout for protesting the decision.

Javier Acuna scored a fine goal for Osasuna in injury time, but it only served as a consolation for the Navarrans. The victory sees Sevilla move on to 47 points and cement their bid to qualify for Europe again, while Osasuna, on 29 points, remain in danger of relegation.

Javi Fuego netted a first-half brace as Valencia got back to winning ways in the league with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the Mestalla. Juan Antonio Pizzi's side, who cruised into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Ludogorets on Thursday, ended a three-match winless streak in the league on Sunday, moving up two places into eighth as a result.

The defeat saw derby rivals Villarreal, who scored a late consolation through Giovani dos Santos, move down a place into seventh in the standings.