Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Villarreal 0.
Alvaro Morata scored his first Atletico Madrid goal as they beat Villarreal.
The striker, on loan from Chelsea, met Filipe Luis' left-wing cross with a low volley from near the penalty spot.
Saul scored a late second as he ran on to Diego Costa's long ball to lob Sergio Asenjo from eight yards out.
Atleti are seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday.
They could have won by more, with substitute Costa missing a one on one and Jose Maria Gimenez having a header saved.
- 3Filipe Luís
- 6KokeSubstituted forMachín Pérezat 90'minutes
- 11LemarSubstituted forParteyat 64'minutes
- 22MorataSubstituted forDiego Costaat 58'minutes
- 19Diego Costa
- 20Torres Belén
- 23Machín Pérez
- 3GonzálezBooked at 66mins
- 4Funes MoriSubstituted forChukwuezeat 56'minutes
- 6RuizBooked at 79mins
- 5CáseresBooked at 70minsSubstituted forFornalsat 76'minutes
- 17Toko Ekambi
- 9BaccaSubstituted forMorenoat 68'minutes
- 18Fuego Martínez
- Alberto Undiano Mallenco
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Villarreal 0.
Attempt saved. Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Víctor Ruiz.
Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.
Attempt blocked. Alfonso Pedraza (Villarreal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Álvaro González (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Gaspar.
Foul by Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid).
Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Santiago Arias (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vicente Iborra (Villarreal).
Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Vitolo replaces Koke.
Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (Villarreal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Gerard Moreno with a cross.
Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Villarreal 0. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.
Foul by José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).
Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Álvaro González.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.
Víctor Ruiz (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Rodrigo (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Víctor Ruiz (Villarreal).