Spanish La Liga
ValenciaValencia0Atl MadridAtlético Madrid1

Valencia CF 0-1 Atlético Madrid

Raul Garcia scores for Atletico Madrid against Valencia

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 MadridReal MadridBarcelona
3-4 MayLevante (A)Valencia (H)Getafe (H)
7 MayValladolid (A)
10-11 MayMalaga (H)Celta Vigo (A)Elche (A)
18 MayBarcelona (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.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 13Guaita
  • 12da Silva Pereira
  • 31Gaya
  • 21ParejoSubstituted forVargasat 53'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20Moreira da Costa
  • 22Mathieu
  • 19BarragánSubstituted forFeghouliat 62'minutes
  • 15Fuego MartínezBooked at 85mins
  • 16Alcácer
  • 7Gonçalves OliveiraBooked at 37minsSubstituted forNicolás Cartabiaat 82'minutes
  • 2Piatti

Substitutes

  • 3Vezo
  • 8Feghouli
  • 11Keita
  • 17Vargas
  • 25Vasconcelos Araújo
  • 28Nicolás Cartabia
  • 45Pizana

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres BelénBooked at 90mins
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 70mins
  • 8Garcia EscuderoSubstituted forSosaat 69'minutesSubstituted forAlderweireldat 90+3'minutes
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 9VillaSubstituted forTuranat 60'minutes
  • 6Koke

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 4Suárez
  • 7López Álvarez
  • 10Turan
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 21Ribas da Cunha
  • 24Sosa
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
27,500

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Toby Alderweireld replaces José Sosa.

  4. Dismissal

    Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the red card.

  5. Post update

    Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

  7. Booking

    Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Miranda.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but José Sosa is caught offside.

  13. Booking

    Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Javi Fuego (Valencia CF).

  15. Post update

    Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia CF. Fede replaces Jonas.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Juanfran.

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