Ace Arda Lifts Atletico To 5-0 Home Win Over Rayo

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Reuters
Playmaker Arda Turan produced a masterclass to help Atletico Madrid make it two wins in two La Liga matches this season with a 5-0 drubbing of city rivals Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid's Turan controls the ball next to Sevilla's Coke during their Spanish First Division soccer match in Seville

Playmaker Arda Turan produced a masterclass to help Atletico Madrid make it two wins in two La Liga matches this season with a 5-0 drubbing of city rivals Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

A host of Rayo's top performers left the cash-strapped club in the close season and Atletico were far superior on a sun-drenched evening at their Calderon stadium.

Raul Garcia stooped to head Diego Simeone's side in front from a Gabi corner in the 17th minute and Diego Costa made it 2-0 three minutes later when he struck from Arda's assist.

Costa, who had another excellent game, turned provider in the 35th minute when he sent Arda clear with a deft flick and the Turkey international rounded Rayo goalkeeper David Cobeno and stroked the ball into the net.

The heavily bearded Arda, given a rousing ovation when he was replaced with around 20 minutes left, capped a fine performance when he floated a cross over from the left for an unmarked Tiago to nod in a 53rd-minute fourth.

Spain forward David Villa, who joined Atletico from Barcelona in the close season, had a frustrating night and cracked a first-time shot against the bar in the 78th minute before Garcia scored his second in the 90th.

Champions Barcelona, who won their opening game at home to Levante 7-0, will be without the injured Lionel Messi when they play at Malaga later on Sunday (1900 GMT).