Soccer-Turkish magician Arda lifts Atletico back to the top

Atletico Madrid climbed back above city rivals Real to the top of La Liga when Turkey playmaker Arda Turan struck twice in a 4-2 victory at second-bottom Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Spain’s record scorer David Villa set Atletico on their way in the eighth minute when he struck a first-time shot high into the net from Diego Costa’s neat layoff. Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a 12th-minute Jonathan Viera penalty before Arda, known in Spain as the Turkish magician, made it 2-0 on the half hour after more good work from Costa. The Brazil-born forward fed Jose Sosa and despite having a clear shooting opportunity he unselfishly squared for Arda to finish into an empty net.

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