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Football: Koke winner takes Atletico clear at top of La Liga

Published on Jan 5, 2014 6:26 AM
 
Atletico Madrid's midfielder Koke celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match between Malaga CF and Atletico Madrid on Jan 4, 2014 at Rosaleda stadium in Malaga. Atletico Madrid moved three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 victory at Malaga. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Spanish international Koke rolled home the winner as Atletico Madrid moved three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 victory at Malaga on Saturday, Jan 4, 2014.

In a game short on clear-cut opportunities, Koke was in the right place to slot home his fourth goal of the season 20 minutes from time after Willy Caballero had denied Adrian Lopez from close range.

Barcelona can move back to the top with a win over Elche on Sunday before travelling to face Atletico at the Vicente Calderon next weekend.

Real Madrid are now eight points adrift of the leaders, but can also cut the gap when they host Celta Vigo on Monday.

 
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