Atletico Madrid put their La Liga title charge back on track with a comfortable derby win against Rayo Vallecano.

David Villa side-footed in the opener for Atletico before Thibaut Courtois denied Rayo's Jonathan Viera's penalty.

Arda Turan made it 2-0 with a tap in, but Viera's deflected strike briefly gave Rayo hope.

Key La Liga games for Atletico

2 March: H v Real Madrid

30 March: A v Athletic Bilbao

18 May : A v Barcelona

Turan turned in Atletico's third at the far post, and an own goal by Saul made it 4-1 before Joaquin Larrivey's late consolation.

Diego Simeone's side had drawn their previous two games against Sevilla and Barcelona.

"It was important to win after two draws," said Atletico striker Villa.

"We had to win, that's the important thing, going ahead game by game. We can't think about the rest."

Atletico's first win since 4 January keeps the former leaders in a strong position as they challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title.

They are second in the standings with 54 points, level with leaders Barcelona but behind on goal difference. Real are one point and one place below their city rivals.

A 15th defeat of the season leaves Madrid-based Rayo still rooted in the relegation zone, five points from safety.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13 Martínez
  • 21 Arbilla
  • 03 Martínez García
  • 10 Trashorras
  • 02 Román Triguero
  • 22 Ñíguez Booked
  • 07 Bangoura (Rochina - 57' )
  • 04 Baena Booked (Castillo - 76' )
  • 20 Larrivey
  • 23 Bueno
  • 19 Viera Ramos (Falqué - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cobeño
  • 11 Castillo
  • 16 Rochina
  • 17 Galeano
  • 24 Falqué
  • 27 Cueva
  • 32 Embarba

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 17 Manquillo Booked
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 06 Koke
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 24 Sosa (Rodríguez - 61' )
  • 14 Gabi
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 09 Villa (Raúl García - 80' )
  • 10 Turan

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 07 Adrián
  • 08 Raúl García
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 16 Óliver (Rodríguez - 64' )
  • 22 Insúa
Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Att: 14,100

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

6 6

Corners

8 9

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rayo Vallecano 2, Atlético de Madrid 4.

90:00 +2:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 2, Atlético de Madrid 4.

90:00 +1:38

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rubén Martínez.

90:00 +1:37

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arda Turan.

89:05

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

89:04

Attempt saved. Iago Falqué (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joaquín Larrivey with a headed pass.

87:46

Attempt saved. Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joaquín Larrivey.

87:04

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

86:11

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano).

86:11

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

83:08

Attempt missed. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Iago Falqué.

82:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Iago Falqué replaces Jonathan Viera.

81:45

Attempt missed. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Viera.

80:44

Foul by Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano).

80:44

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

79:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces David Villa.

78:19

Attempt missed. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arda Turan following a fast break.

76:03

Foul by Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano).

76:03

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

75:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Nery Castillo replaces Raúl Baena.

75:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rayo Vallecano 2, Atlético de Madrid 4. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Viera with a cross.

73:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rayo Vallecano 1, Atlético de Madrid 4. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Filipe Luis with a cross.

73:16

Attempt missed. Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Viera.

72:37

Attempt missed. Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi.

71:31

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:31

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

70:00

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Tito.

69:10

Foul by Anaitz Arbilla (Rayo Vallecano).

69:10

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

68:11

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

67:19

Attempt blocked. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Baena.

67:19

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Diego Godín.

66:44

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Koke.

65:59

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Koke.

65:58

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacho.

64:45

Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:45

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Óliver because of an injury.

63:44

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Raúl Baena.

62:34 Booking

Booking Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:25

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano).

62:25

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

61:50

Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:50

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

60:59

Foul by Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano).

60:59

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

60:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Óliver replaces José Sosa.

58:21

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by José Sosa.

57:48

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Javier Manquillo.

56:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Rubén Rochina replaces Lass.

56:09

Foul by Anaitz Arbilla (Rayo Vallecano).

56:09

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

53:26 Booking

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

53:22

Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:22

Foul by Javier Manquillo (Atlético de Madrid).

52:39

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano).

52:39

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

51:46

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

50:14

Foul by Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano).

50:14

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

49:00

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

48:20

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Nacho.

46:27

Foul by Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano).

46:27

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

45:44

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

45:00

Second Half begins Rayo Vallecano 1, Atlético de Madrid 3.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Atlético de Madrid 3.

45:00 +0:44

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:44

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

43:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rayo Vallecano 1, Atlético de Madrid 3. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

43:09

Foul by Lass (Rayo Vallecano).

43:09

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

42:52

Attempt saved. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:20

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Tito.

41:19

Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rayo Vallecano 1, Atlético de Madrid 2. Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Trashorras.

38:20

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

34:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:46

Delay in match Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

32:47

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Gabi.

32:45

Attempt blocked. Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Trashorras.

31:39

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Villa.

29:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Sosa.

27:33

Lass (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:33

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

25:52 Booking

Booking Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:46

Foul by Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano).

25:46

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

25:09

Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:09

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

22:55

Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:55

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

20:08

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

19:50

Foul by Nacho (Rayo Vallecano).

19:50

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

18:30

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

18:11

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

18:11

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:30

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rubén Martínez.

16:28

Attempt saved. José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:27

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Villa.

14:35

Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:35

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

13:43

Hand ball by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

12:59

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by José Sosa with a cross.

11:14

Penalty saved! Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

10:24

Penalty Rayo Vallecano. Alberto Bueno draws a foul in the penalty area.

10:24

Penalty conceded by Javier Manquillo (Atlético de Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

9:38

Foul by Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano).

9:38

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

9:03

Attempt blocked. Lass (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Bueno with a headed pass.

7:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Diego Costa.

7:25

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Villa.

5:49

Foul by Lass (Rayo Vallecano).

5:49

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

3:52

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

2:52

Nacho (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:52

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

2:10

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

1:54

Foul by Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano).

1:54

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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