Match ends, Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.
Atletico Madrid moved to within two wins of the La Liga title after Raul Garcia's goal earned Diego Simeone's side victory at Valencia.
The 27-year-old midfielder glanced Gabi's angled pass into the net following a mix-up between keeper Vicente Guaita and Jeremy Mathieu.
Valencia enjoyed plenty of possession, Jonas heading a fine chance wide.
Atletico finished with 10 men after Juanfran was shown a straight red for bringing down midfielder Pablo Piatti.
Atletico's ninth straight league win restored their six-point advantage at the top over title rivals Real Madrid, who beat Osasuna 4-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Los Rojiblancos now have 88 points and, with just three games remaining, they can wrap up their first title since 1996 before the final match at Barcelona on 18 May - if they win their next two games over mid-table opposition.
Simeone's side, who face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, travel to Levante on 4 May before hosting Malaga on 11 May.
|La Liga title run-in|
|Atletico Madrid||Real Madrid||Barcelona|
|3-4 May||Levante (A)||Valencia (H)||Getafe (H)|
|7 May||Valladolid (A)|
|10-11 May||Malaga (H)||Celta Vigo (A)||Elche (A)|
|18 May||Barcelona (A)||Espanyol (H)||Atl. Madrid (H)|
Although Real can still reach 94 points if they win their last four league games, Atletico will secure the title with two wins on the head-to-head rule after taking four points off their neighbours this season.
This was their 20th victory achieved with a clean sheet this season and Simeone's side have now recorded eight clean sheets in the last nine games.
Although Brazilian forward Jonas spurned a great chance for Valencia, Atletico should have won by a more handsome margin with Costa failing to add to his haul of 27 La Liga goals for the season.
The only negative was the dismissal of former Real Madrid defender Juanfran for his cynical challenge on Piatti deep into stoppage time.
- 12da Silva Pereira
- 21ParejoSubstituted forVargasat 53'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 20Moreira da Costa
- 19BarragánSubstituted forFeghouliat 62'minutes
- 15Fuego MartínezBooked at 85mins
- 7Gonçalves OliveiraBooked at 37minsSubstituted forNicolás Cartabiaat 82'minutes
- 25Vasconcelos Araújo
- 28Nicolás Cartabia
- 20Torres BelénBooked at 90mins
- 3Filipe Luís
- 14Fernández Arenas
- 2GodínBooked at 70mins
- 8Garcia EscuderoSubstituted forSosaat 69'minutesSubstituted forAlderweireldat 90+3'minutes
- 5Cardoso Mendes
- 19Diego Costa
- 9VillaSubstituted forTuranat 60'minutes
- 7López Álvarez
- 21Ribas da Cunha
- Alberto Undiano Mallenco
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.
Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Toby Alderweireld replaces José Sosa.
Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the red card.
Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).
Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF).
Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).
Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Miranda.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but José Sosa is caught offside.
Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Javi Fuego (Valencia CF).
Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Sosa with a through ball.
Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).
Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Valencia CF. Fede replaces Jonas.
Attempt missed. José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Juanfran.