The final whistle blew at the Camp Nou just before midnight last night, signalling yet another record broken by Barcelona, this time without Lionel Messi even on the pitch.

Gerardo Martino's team had set a new record for the best ever start to a La Liga season - eight wins from eight matches.

That record, however, was equalled just 14 hours later as Atlético Madrid held on at the Vicente Calderon to win their eighth match of the league season - a perhaps even greater achievement than it was for the Catalans given Atlético's inferior resources and the fact that their schedule has already included a meeting with Real Madrid.

It wasn't plain sailing for Atlético, though, even if they did indeed dominate the majority of the match. The home side may have had 12 shots on target to Celta Vigo's two, yet the final minutes saw Celta piling on the pressure and Thibaut Courtois had to make a smart diving save to parry away a free-kick in the final minutes.

Having bossed the first 70 minutes, Atlético should have enjoyed a more comfortable finish. The away keeper Yoel Rodríguez was busy right from the start, saving well from David Villa, Mario Suárez and Arda Turan as well as a Diego Costa penalty.

The in-form striker made up for his miss eventually in the 42nd minute, though, as he fired home from close range.

Rodríguez made another couple of smart stops from corners to keep the scoreline at just 1-0 going into the break. The away keeper had every right to be angry at some of his teammates' defending, but it was also the case that Madrid were simply playing brilliantly.

Diego Godín forced yet another stop not long into the second half before Villa missed an absolute sitter and was replaced shortly afterwards.

Then just after the hour mark, captain Gabi slotted through Diego Costa for his second goal of the game and tenth of the season, putting him two ahead of Messi at the top of the scoring charts.

The game looked over at that point, but Nolito's shot over Courtois in the 71st minute set up an intriguing final 20 minutes. The inured Gabi had to be replaced for Atlético and it was very much a backs-to-the-wall performance to see out the win.

Yet a win is a win and this one takes Atlético back level with Barcelona as the league breaks up for the international week.

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