Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid1Villarreal0

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Villarreal

Atletico Madrid's Raul Garcia (left)

Leaders Atletico Madrid remain on course for the La Liga title as Raul Garcia's 14th-minute header gave them victory over Villarreal.

The midfielder connected with Koke's corner to lift Atletico to 79 points with six games remaining.

Champions Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 to remain a point behind while Real Madrid have 76 points following their 4-0 win at Real Sociedad.

Atletico, coached by Diego Simeone, last won La Liga in 1996.

They host Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, having drawn the first leg 1-1.

The sides also meet at the Nou Camp on the final day of the season.

Diego Costa missed Saturday's win at Vicente Calderon with a hamstring problem, while playmaker Arda Turan has a groin injury.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said: "From here on out we are going to suffer in each game because we are at the end of the season, but we have to keep going."

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 4SuárezBooked at 80mins
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 2Godín
  • 8Garcia EscuderoBooked at 69mins
  • 6KokeBooked at 67mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forLópez Álvarezat 61'minutes
  • 21Ribas da CunhaSubstituted forSosaat 70'minutes
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forCardoso Mendesat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 7López Álvarez
  • 22Insúa
  • 23Miranda
  • 24Sosa
  • 38Sáiz

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Perez Martinez
  • 3Jokic
  • 21Bruno
  • 20GabrielBooked at 42mins
  • 6Pantic
  • 12Román OlléSubstituted forAquinoat 63'minutes
  • 14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forPereiraat 69'minutes
  • 7Perbet
  • 4Pina
  • 10Gracia CalmacheSubstituted forGómez Bardonadoat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Aquino
  • 24Pereira
  • 25Sánchez Martínez
  • 27Gómez Bardonado
  • 37Blázquez Robles
  • 38Jiménez López
  • 44Leiva
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
50,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Villarreal 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Villarreal 0.

Foul by Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal).

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moi Gómez (Villarreal).

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moi Gómez (Villarreal).

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Koke.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Moi Gómez replaces Cani.

Booking

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

Cani (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jérémy Perbet (Villarreal).

Attempt missed. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García tries a through ball, but Adrián is caught offside.

José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bojan Jokic (Villarreal).

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

Jérémy Perbet (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Sosa.

José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bojan Jokic (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Diego.

Booking

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Jonathan Pereira (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Jonathan Pereira replaces Manu Trigueros.

Attempt missed. Jérémy Perbet (Villarreal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Manu Trigueros.

Booking

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Tomás Pina (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manu Trigueros (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Javier Aquino replaces Joan Román.

Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tomás Pina (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces David Villa.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid32254370224879
2Barcelona32253492266678
3Real Madrid32244490325876
4Ath Bilbao31168753341956
5Sevilla3114895546950
6Real Sociedad32148105448650
7Villarreal321471151381349
8Valencia31117134445-140
9Espanyol31117133436-240
10Levante311010112938-940
11Celta Vigo32106163447-1336
12Rayo Vallecano32113183768-3136
13Malaga3198143139-835
14Granada31104172842-1434
15Osasuna3296172853-2533
16Elche31711132542-1732
17Getafe3187162948-1931
18Real Valladolid31612133250-1830
19Almería3286183460-2630
20Real Betis3257202864-3622
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