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Celta go third with win over Atletico Madrid
Updated: 2005-11-21 09:11

MADRID, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Celta Vigo climbed to third in the Primera Liga on Sunday after resisting Atletico Madrid's late charge to earn a 2-1 home win.

Champions Barcelona are top on goal difference from Osasuna, both sides having 25 points, while Celta have 23.

Real Madrid slipped to fourth on 21 points after being demolished by Barca 3-0 in the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Celta took the lead against Atletico through Brazilian striker Fernando Baiano after 27 minutes, when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his sixth goal of the season.

Uruguayan midfielder Fabian Canobbio extended the lead in the 53rd minute, curling a glorious free kick over the wall into the top corner.

Atletico fought back as defender Antonio Lopez drilled in a header from a corner on the hour mark, and Celta had keeper Jose Manuel Pinto to thank for some fine saves that saw them home.

Coach Fernando Vazquez played down Pinto's contribution, however, saying: "Pinto is only one part of our team, although he did make two or three great saves near the end.

"Apart from that though he didn't have that much to do, as we defended well and had further chances to score ourselves."

Villarreal, who drew 0-0 with Real Zaragoza, are fifth and Deportivo joined them on 20 points in sixth, after securing a flattering 3-0 win at Racing Santander.

Seventh-placed Sevilla also have 20 points after beating city rivals Real Betis 1-0 in a bad tempered derby, while 10-man Valencia (19) edged into eighth with a 1-0 win over Cadiz.
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