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Real Betis 2-4 Atlético Madrid | La Liga match report

26th September 2012

• Real Betis 2-4 Atlético Madrid
• Win puts Atlético second behind Barcelona

Radamel Falcao scored twice as Atlético Madrid twice came from behind to win 4-2 at Real Betis and climb to second in La Liga on Wednesday.

The in-form Colombia striker took his tally for the season to seven with a predatory goal and a penalty just after the restart, lifting himself to the top of the La Liga goalscoring charts ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Diego Costa and Raúl Garcia completed the victory as Betis finished with nine men, giving the Europa League holders 13 points from five games, two behind Barcelona.

Betis took the lead after 25 minutes when Salvador Agra’s cross bounced across the area and the Atlético defender Miranda nudged the ball into his own net.

It took Atlético only two minutes to respond, Falcao sliding in at the far post to convert Raúl Garcia’s low cross shot.

The Betis goalkeeper, Casto Espinosa, kept his side in the game and before the break they regained the lead, this time Juan Carlos’s low cross ballooning into the Atlético net off the defender Juanfran.

Atlético were quickly level again. Falcao was brought down for a penalty just after the restart, resulting in a harsh red card for Damien Perquis, and the Colombian netted from the spot.

Falcao, struggling with a thigh strain before the game, was replaced by Costa and the Brazilian striker put Atlético ahead at the back post from a flicked-on corner.

The home side were further hindered when the substitute Joel Campbell picked up a second yellow card in the 83rd minute after a bizarre incident when an Atlético player appeared to handle the ball in his own area.

Raúl Garcia lashed in Atlético’s fourth to leave Betis sixth with nine points after a game which had been postponed earlier in the month.


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