Atletico Madrid moved top of La Liga as Koke scored the only goal of the game in a narrow win against Malaga.

The Spain international midfielder, 21, struck midway through the second half, slotting home after Adrian's shot was saved.

Malaga had packed the defence with the aim of stifling Atletico and had few opportunities, with Eliseu's first-half effort easily saved.

Simeone's Atletico revolution

Diego Simeone
  • Since Diego Simeone was named Atletico Madrid manager in 2011, they have won the Europa League, Uefa Super Cup and Copa del Rey
  • Under Simeone, Atletico have won 16 of their 18 La Liga games this season
  • They also qualified for the Champions League knockout stage with five wins and one draw

Atletico are three points clear of Barcelona, who play Elche on Sunday.

However, Barca can return to the top of the table with a win.

"It was a victory earned by the group because it was a very difficult game," sad Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

"Malaga tried to give us the ball, take advantage of the counter-attack and they defended well.

"We weren't creating a lot of chances, but in the end the team managed to win the game."

Chances were few throughout as Atletico struggled to break down Malaga's five-man defence.

Juanfran saw his low drive parried by Malaga keeper Willy Caballero in the first half, before Eliseu's shot was held by Thibaut Courtois.

Simeone brought on Adrian for the second half, with Oliver Torres making way, and the Spain international soon caused Malaga problems.

He played an important role in Atletico's winner, as his shot was blocked by the legs of Caballero but the rebound fell kindly for Koke to finish with ease.

Lineup, Bookings (10) & Substitutions (6)

Málaga

  • 13 Caballero
  • 02 Gámez
  • 05 Antunes Booked
  • 03 Pena de Oliveira
  • 15 Angeleri Booked (Morales - 77' )
  • 21 Sánchez
  • 18 Pereira Dos Santos (Barbosa Valente - 66' )
  • 06 Camacho
  • 26 Jiménez López (Santa Cruz - 66' )
  • 30 Darder Booked
  • 24 García Sánchez Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Kameni
  • 04 Ferreira
  • 08 Portillo
  • 09 Santa Cruz
  • 10 Anderson
  • 14 Morales
  • 17 Barbosa Valente

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois Booked
  • 20 Juanfran Booked
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 05 Tiago Booked
  • 23 Miranda Booked
  • 02 Godín
  • 10 Turan (Rodríguez - 62' Booked )
  • 06 Koke
  • 19 Diego Costa Booked
  • 09 Villa (Alderweireld - 85' )
  • 16 Óliver (Adrián - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 07 Adrián
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 15 Guilavogui
  • 22 Insúa
  • 24 Sosa
Ref: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
Att: 30,000

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

3 6

Corners

5 8

Fouls

20 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +2:36

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Weligton.

90:00 +1:57

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

90:00 +1:57

Foul by Jesús Gámez (Málaga).

90:00 +1:04

Dangerous play by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

90:00 +1:04

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:18 Booking

Booking Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

88:52

Hand ball by Vitorino Antunes (Málaga).

88:19

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Diego Godín.

87:23

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

87:23

Weligton (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:55 Booking

Booking Samuel (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:43

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

86:43

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

85:18 Booking

Booking Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:10

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

85:10

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:26

Hand ball by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

84:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Toby Alderweireld replaces David Villa.

82:03

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

82:03

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

81:46

Attempt blocked. Sergio Sánchez (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:25

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Miranda.

80:44

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

80:44

Duda (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:49

Attempt missed. Pedro Morales (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sergi Darder.

78:26

Attempt blocked. Sergi Darder (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Morales with a cross.

76:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Málaga. Pedro Morales replaces Marcos Angeleri.

75:59 Booking

Booking Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:54

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

75:54

Willy Caballero (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:23

Attempt saved. Samuel (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:41

Attempt missed. Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Duda with a cross following a corner.

74:08

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Diego Godín.

69:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

69:47

Attempt saved. Adrián (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

69:26

Attempt saved. Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roque Santa Cruz.

68:42

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián tries a through ball, but Cristian Rodríguez is caught offside.

67:43

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Sánchez.

65:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Málaga. Duda replaces Juanmi.

65:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Málaga. Roque Santa Cruz replaces Eliseu.

64:08

Attempt blocked. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Koke.

62:36

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Eliseu.

62:12

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

61:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Arda Turan.

61:06

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tiago.

52:49 Booking

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

52:40

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

52:40

Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:45

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

49:45

Foul by Eliseu (Málaga).

46:52

Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:52

Foul by Eliseu (Málaga).

46:26

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

46:26

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

45:00

Second Half begins Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Óliver.

45:00 +0:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Málaga 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

41:09

Attempt missed. Óliver (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

40:25 Booking

Booking Marcos Angeleri (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:20

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:20

Foul by Marcos Angeleri (Málaga).

38:14

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

38:14

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

35:59

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

35:59

Foul by Weligton (Málaga).

35:30

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Juanfran.

34:54

Attempt saved. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

34:13

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

33:21

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

33:21

Foul by Marcos Angeleri (Málaga).

32:52

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

32:24

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

32:24

Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:29

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego Godín tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

30:38

Attempt missed. Samuel (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vitorino Antunes.

29:57

Attempt saved. Eliseu (Málaga) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jesús Gámez.

28:07

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

28:07

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

26:03

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

25:31 Booking

Booking Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

23:19 Booking

Booking Sergi Darder (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23:08

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

23:08

Foul by Sergi Darder (Málaga).

21:53

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

21:53

Jesús Gámez (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:02

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

21:02

Foul by Eliseu (Málaga).

20:17

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

20:14

Attempt saved. Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiago.

20:01

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

20:01

Foul by Sergi Darder (Málaga).

17:35

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

17:35

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

17:00

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

17:00

Sergi Darder (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:23

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:23

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

14:37

Foul by Sergio Sánchez (Málaga).

14:37

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

13:53

Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:53

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

12:18

Attempt missed. Eliseu (Málaga) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samuel with a cross.

11:18

Jesús Gámez (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:18

Foul by Óliver (Atlético de Madrid).

10:34

Foul by Sergio Sánchez (Málaga).

10:34

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

9:41 Booking

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

9:30

Willy Caballero (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:30

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

9:22

Attempt saved. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

8:49

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

8:06

Foul by Sergio Sánchez (Málaga).

8:06

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:37

Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

5:42

Juanmi (Málaga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:42

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

4:59

Attempt missed. Samuel (Málaga) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

4:55

Attempt blocked. Sergio Sánchez (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:54

Attempt blocked. Eliseu (Málaga) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitorino Antunes with a cross.

4:01

Eliseu (Málaga) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:01

Dangerous play by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

3:10

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Óliver tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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