Atletico shuts out Getafe, stays in touch with top 3 in La Liga

Midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion set up two goals to help Atletico Madrid ease to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Getafe and keep in touch with the top three teams in the Spanish leagueAtletico overwhelmed the visitors from the start at its Vicente Calderon Stadium with the defending champion’s preferred weapon of scoring through set-pieces, with Fernando Torres sending in a long headed goal from Koke’s free kick three minutes after kickoff.

Midfielder Jorge andldquoKokeandrdquo Resurreccion set up two goals to help Atletico Madrid ease to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Getafe and keep in touch with the top three teams in the Spanish leagueAtletico overwhelmed the visitors from the start at its Vicente Calderon Stadium with the defending championand#39s preferred weapon of scoring through set-pieces, with Fernando Torres sending in a long headed goal from Kokeand#39s free kick three minutes after kickoff.

Rayo Vallecano won its fourth straight home match by edging 10-man Malaga 1-0 to move into ninth place, two spots behind the visitors. Athletic Bilbao also used a dominant first half to beat Almeria 2-1 and stay in eighth with its fifth victory in a row.

Celta Vigo rose to right behind Rayo after substitute striker Charles slid to finish off a nifty passing combination from Pablo Hernandez and Manuel andldquoNolitoandrdquo Agudo with four minutes left to deal Levante a 1-0 loss at home that kept it in the relegation zone.

h2Wrong man sent off, City winsh2 In the English Premier League, Manchester City returned to winning ways in with a 3-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion but the game was marred after the visitors had the wrong player sent off after only two minutes.

City striker Wilfried Bony was brought down when through on goal by Craig Dawson and referee Neil Swarbrick blew for a foul but incorrectly dismissed Gareth McAuley for the offense. Elsewhere, two first-half strikes from Olivier Giroud handed Arsenal a hard fought 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Arsene Wengerand#39s side held off a spirited second half display from Newcastle, who pulled a goal back in the 48th minute through Moussa Sissoko. Arsenaland#39s victory keeps it a point behind second-place City and four behind Chelsea Harry Kane marked his first call-up to the England international team with his first Premier League hat trick as Tottenham beat bottom-side Leicester 4-3 at White Hart Lane.

Southampton beat Burnley 2-0 at St. Maryand#39s to maintain its push for European football next season.

Shane Long scored in the first half before Jason Shackelland#39s own goal secured Southamptonand#39s three points. Crystal Palace came from behind to win 2-1 at Stoke while Bafetimbi Gomis scored in the 87th minute to give Swansea a 1-0 win at Aston Villa Dick Aocaatand#39s first game as Sunderland manager ended in a 1-0 defeat against West Ham in Saturdayand#39s late game.

Diafra Sakho drilled home in the 88th minute at Upton Park.

h2Dortmund edges Hannoverh2 In the German Bundesliga, Japan star Shinji Kagawa scored one goal and set up another as Borussia Dortmund edged 10-man Hannover 3-2 .

Dortmund, bottom in February, is five points off sixth-place Augsburg with eight games still to play. andldquoThere are only a few more points to the Europa League qualification places.

We have to look up from now on,andrdquo forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said. In the late game, Karim Bellarabiand#39s 35th-minute rifled shot to the roof of the net from a difficult angle was enough for Bayer Leverkusen to win 1-0 at Schalke, keeping a direct rival for Champions League qualification at bay.

Augsburg earlier lost 2-0 at Freiburg, which escaped the relegation zone on goal difference from Hamburger SV thanks to second half-goals from Jonathan Schmid and Nils Petersen. Bottom side Stuttgart also boosted its hopes of avoiding the drop with a come-from-behind 3-1 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt for its first win at home since September Elsewhere, Cologne drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen and Paderborn vs.

Hoffenheim ended scoreless.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman