Che march to summit
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez's men were excellent value for their 3-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon against a disjointed Atletico outfit.
The Che moved ahead midway through the second half after a slick move involving Pablo Aimar, and substitute Mista ended with the Argentine playmaker crossing for Vicente to bundle home at the far post.
Man-of-the-match Aimar was once again involved as the visitors killed off the game 12 minutes from time.
The former River Plate star effortlessly teed up the onrushing Mista to slot a well-placed left-footed drive past Atletico custodian German Burgos from the edge of the box, and seal the three points.
Mista helped himself to a second in stoppage time to put a gloss on the scoreline, firing home from an acute angle after rounding Burgos.
Ronaldinho rescued a point for Barcelona with his second goal since joining the club in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Osasuna at Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants missed the chance to climb to the top of La Liga after being frustrated by a resolute Osasuna outfit.
Indeed it could have been worse for Frank Rijkaard's men after Cesar Cruchaga had given the visitors a shock lead nine minutes after the break.
However, Brazilian schemer Ronaldinho engineered an equaliser with 20 minutes left to appease the home fans, though ultimately the effort could go down as an own goal by Osasuna's Izquierdo.
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