Atletico Madrid's Costa finally ended a five-week scoring drought against Athletic Club. ( AFP PHOTO / RAFA RIVAS)
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The three-way chase for the La Liga title continues with some tricky opponents for co-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and closest chaser Real Madrid. Barcelona welcome midtable Valencia while Atletico Madrid are also home to sixth-place Real Sociedad. DWINDLING BARCA SUPPORT Barcelona will be hoping fans show up for Saturday's match against Valencia after just over 25,000 spectators – one quarter of the Camp Nou's capacity – showed up for Wednesday's 5-1 domestic cup win over Levante.Lionel Messi did not come off the bench, so expect him to play Saturday as the team try to stay focused despite off-field issues. Valencia said Thursday they were set to sign former Barcelona midfielder Seydo Keita of Mali, while forward Eduardo Vargas is joining from Napoli.Atletico's tremendous season has been spared serious injuries, but the grind of playing in three competitions was expected to catch up with the team eventually.
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