A brace from Arda Turan helped Atletico Madrid to a convincing 4-2 win over Rayo Vallecano in a Spanish La Liga match at the Vallecas stadium on Sunday.
Vallecano did not start too badly, but a poor mistake in defence cost them early after Madrid took the lead in the eighth minute.
The home side tried to play the ball out of defence, but a poor pass resulted in Diego Costa latching onto the ball and playing it square for David Villa who finished into an empty net from close range, 1-0.
Two minutes later Vallecano had the perfect opportunity to equalise as the referee awarded them a spot-kick after adjudging Javier Manquillo to have pulled down Alberto Bueno inside the box.
Jonathan Viera, however, saw his penalty well-saved by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Only the brilliance of Vallecano goalkeeper, Ruben Ivan Martinez, stopped Madrid from doubling their lead in the 16th minute when he produced a great double save, first to deny Costa from 10-yards out and then Jose Sosa the rebound shot, tipping his effort onto the bar.
In the 29th minute, though, Madrid did double their lead as Arda Turan turned the ball home with a clinical finish after rounding off a swift passing move, 2-0.
Vallecano did manage to pull a goal back ten minutes later after Viera found himself through on goal and made no mistake this time to make the score 2-1.
Vallecano’s joy, however, was short lived as Madrid restored their two goal lead in the final minute of the half after Turan finished from close range at the back post after an in-swinging free-kick was flicked on by a defender, 3-1.
The second 45 saw Madrid take their foot of the pedal as they looked to control the possession stakes and kill the game.
Vallecano, however, did see a lot of the ball, but they were unable to really create any clear-cut chances on goal.
Instead, Madrid put the result beyond doubt in the 74th minute as Diego Costa turned home a low cross from Filipe Luis, 4-1.
Vallecano, though, were not going to go down without a fight and hit back a minute later as Joaquin Larrivey headed home a Viera cross, 4-2.
It was all too little too late for Vallecano as they continue to sit second from bottom on the La Liga table while Madrid moved onto 54 points and the top of the table prior to Barcelona’s match against Malaga.