Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0.
Substitute Antoine Griezmann scored the winner as Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 to stay in the La Liga title race with two games left.
Griezmann's 31st goal of the season took Atletico back above Real Madrid, 1-0 winners at Real Sociedad, before Barcelona later reclaimed top spot.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone had made seven changes to the side that beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Griezmann scored with his second touch.
The France international's 20-yard strike, 40 seconds after coming on, gave Atletico a sixth successive league win but they remain second to Barcelona - who beat Real Betis 2-0 on Saturday evening - because of their inferior head-to-head record.
It was Atletico's fourth 1-0 victory in a row as the 2014 Spanish champions, who will be looking to reach their second Champions League final in three seasons in Tuesday's second leg in Munich, kept a 23rd clean sheet in La Liga this season.
Fernando Torres, who came off the bench at the same time as Griezmann following directions from Simeone, who is serving a three-match touchline ban, could have doubled their lead but saw his shot saved by Juan Carlos.
Rayo Vallecano remain two points above the relegation zone.
|La Liga title run-in|
|DATES||Barcelona||Atletico Madrid||Real Madrid|
|Sunday, 8 May (16:00 BST)||Espanyol (h)||Levante (h)||Valencia (h)|
|Saturday, 14 May (time TBC)||Granada (a)||Celta Vigo (h)||Deportivo La Coruna (a)|
What they said
Atletico Madrid goalscorer Antoine Griezmann: "Rayo made things difficult for us.
"The players who started lacked rhythm, which was normal, as they hadn't played in a long time. But we were able to improve and got the win."
- 20Torres Belén
- 24Giménez de Vargas
- 14Fernández ArenasSubstituted forKokeat 45'minutes
- 8KranevitterBooked at 68mins
- 10Torres MuñozSubstituted forGriezmannat 54'minutes
- 23ViettoSubstituted forTorresat 54'minutes
- 1Moyá Rumbo
- 3Filipe Luís
- 13Martín Corral
- 17Marín Ruiz
- 4AmayaSubstituted forContreiras Gonçalvesat 64'minutes
- 2Román Triguero
- 21Sánchez Ruiz
- 27Llorente Ríos
- 23Dias CorreiaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMedina Lunaat 58'minutesSubstituted forMontiel Caballeroat 84'minutes
- 24Guerra Rodríguez
- 7Fedor Flores
- 5Dorado Ramírez
- 9Contreiras Gonçalves
- 12Medina Luna
- 25Rodríguez Oterino
- 26Montiel Caballero
- 33Clavería Herráiz
- José María Sánchez Martínez
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0.
Joni Montiel (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).
Foul by Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano).
Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Jan Oblak.
Attempt blocked. Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrián Embarba.
Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Juanfran.
Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Joni Montiel replaces Piti because of an injury.
Foul by Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano).
Matías Kranevitter (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tito (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).
Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.
Attempt missed. Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Miku with a cross.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Jesús Gámez tries a through ball, but Ángel Correa is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Koke.
Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ángel Correa.