Atletico Madrid's charge towards a first Spanish title since 1996 shows no sign of faltering after Diego Simeone's men earned a vital win at Getafe.

Diego Godin headed the La Liga leaders, now three points clear of Real Madrid, in front after a goalkeeping error.

Atletico striker Diego Costa missed a second-half penalty after Getafe's Angel Lafita dragged down substitute Adrian and was subsequently sent off.

Costly Costa

Atletico striker Diego Costa has missed a joint-high three penalties in La Liga this season, along with Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic.

But Costa made amends by sliding in a late second from Adrian's cross.

However, the Spain striker's bravery in wrapping up victory at the far post came at a bloody price.

The Atletico top scorer, on his return from a recent thigh injury, was carried off on a stretcher with a deep gash below his left knee after colliding with the woodwork as he converted his 26th goal of the season.

The nasty incident left Simeone looking concerned on the touchline but the Atletico boss revealed afterwards that it was not as serious as first feared.

"Diego is fine. We don't need to worry, it was just a scare," said the former Argentina international, who expects 25-year-old Costa to be fit to face Elche on Friday.

And, importantly, it means a routine win for the visitors was not ruined ahead of a thrilling La Liga and Champions League climax.

La Liga title run-in

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid

Barcelona

18-20 April

Elche (H)

Ath. Bilbao (H)

26-27 April

Valencia (A)

Osasuna (H)

Villarreal (A)

3-4 May

Levante (A)

Valencia (H)

Getafe (H)

7 May

Valladolid (A)

10-11 May

Malaga (H)

Celta Vigo (A)

Elche (A)

18 May

Barcelona (A)

Espanyol (H)

Atl. Madrid (H)

Before the start of the season, few would have predicted Atletico could break up the Spanish duopoly of Real and Barcelona but, with five matches left, the destination of the La Liga crown stays in their own hands.

They have won their last seven games to take control of an enthralling Spanish title race and know victories in their next four matches will see Simeone's men lift the title, making the tantalising final-day trip to third-placed Barcelona irrelevant.

And there is still a possibility of an unlikely double with a Champions League semi-final against Chelsea looming later this month.

Much of Atletico's success has been based on defensive stability, added to the threat posed in front of goal by Costa, and this was again the basis for their victory against Madrid rivals Getafe.

Diego Costa injury

Atletico striker Diego Costa screamed out in pain as he left the field

Costa had twice gone close before Uruguay defender Godin took advantage of terrible positioning by goalkeeper Jordi Codina to nod in Juanfran's lofted ball.

Adrian looked certain to add a second shortly after replacing David Villa, but he was wrestled to the floor by Lafita inside the Getafe six-yard box.

The home midfielder was dismissed for the challenge but Codina produced a terrific one-handed save low to his left to stop Costa's penalty, before the striker slid in a painful second for both him and Getafe.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Getafe

  • 13 Codina
  • 12 Arroyo
  • 03 Lago (Cruz Campos - 80' )
  • 24 Mosquera Booked (Lacen - 68' )
  • 15 López Gómez
  • 02 Ruano Delgado Booked
  • 14 Sánchez Gil
  • 22 Rodríguez Villamuela
  • 09 Marica
  • 07 Lafita Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 17 Castro (Colunga - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 04 López
  • 05 Lacen
  • 11 Colunga
  • 19 Cruz Campos
  • 20 Valera
  • 23 Fernández Fernández
  • 25 Jacobi

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín Booked
  • 08 Raúl García (Diego - 72' )
  • 04 Suárez
  • 19 Diego Costa Booked (Rodríguez - 86' )
  • 09 Villa Booked (Adrián - 62' )
  • 06 Koke

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 05 Tiago
  • 07 Adrián
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 21 Diego
  • 24 Sosa
Ref: David Fernández Borbalán
Att: 12,100

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

2 8

Corners

3 4

Fouls

15 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Getafe 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Getafe 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

90:00 +3:34

Attempt saved. Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:52

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

90:00 +1:52

Foul by Ciprian Marica (Getafe).

90:00 +1:23

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

90:00 +1:23

Ciprian Marica (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:08

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

85:53 Substitution

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

85:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:42

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

83:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adrián.

82:02

Attempt missed. Pedro León (Getafe) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Adrián Colunga with a cross.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Getafe. Sammir replaces Roberto Lago.

79:13

Foul by Diego (Atlético de Madrid).

79:13

Adrián Colunga (Getafe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:51

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

76:51

Roberto Lago (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:34

Foul by Adrián (Atlético de Madrid).

76:34

Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:07 Booking

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

74:58

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Juan Rodríguez.

74:28

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a set piece situation.

73:48

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

73:48

Foul by Juan Rodríguez (Getafe).

73:03

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

73:03

Foul by Mehdi Lacen (Getafe).

71:23

Attempt saved. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Juanfran.

71:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Diego replaces Raúl García.

69:51

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

69:51

Foul by Ciprian Marica (Getafe).

68:24

Foul by Adrián (Atlético de Madrid).

68:24

Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:48

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

67:48

Mehdi Lacen (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Getafe. Mehdi Lacen replaces Pedro Mosquera.

66:41

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

66:41

Adrián Colunga (Getafe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:19

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

65:17

Penalty saved! Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

64:00 Dismissal

Dismissal Ángel Lafita (Getafe) is shown the red card.

63:53

Penalty Atlético de Madrid. Miranda draws a foul in the penalty area.

63:53

Penalty conceded by Ángel Lafita (Getafe) after a foul in the penalty area.

63:16

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexis.

61:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces David Villa.

59:18

Attempt blocked. Adrián Colunga (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Lago.

57:32

Attempt saved. Adrián Colunga (Getafe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ciprian Marica.

57:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Getafe. Adrián Colunga replaces Diego Castro.

53:57

Attempt saved. Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro León with a cross.

53:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:52

Delay in match Álvaro Arroyo (Getafe) because of an injury.

52:20

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Diego Godín.

50:50 Booking

Booking Ángel Lafita (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:42

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

50:42

Foul by Ángel Lafita (Getafe).

45:23

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

45:23

Ciprian Marica (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Getafe 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Getafe 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

44:57 Booking

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

42:46

Foul by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

42:46

Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:15

Attempt missed. Ciprian Marica (Getafe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Castro.

39:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juanfran following a corner.

38:35

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rafa.

38:33

Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

36:37

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

36:37

Diego Castro (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:39

Dangerous play by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

34:39

Álvaro Arroyo (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:42

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

33:42

Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:03

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rafa.

32:31

Attempt blocked. Ángel Lafita (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Mosquera.

28:52

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

28:03

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

28:03

Foul by Rafa (Getafe).

27:18

Offside, Getafe. Diego Castro tries a through ball, but Ciprian Marica is caught offside.

26:52

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.

26:15

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

26:15

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

25:36

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

25:36

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

24:38 Booking

Booking Alexis (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:25

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

24:25

Foul by Alexis (Getafe).

23:24

Attempt missed. Alexis (Getafe) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

22:47

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

21:54 Booking

Booking Pedro Mosquera (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:45

Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Getafe).

21:45

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

20:06

Attempt missed. Alexis (Getafe) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro León with a cross following a corner.

19:34

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Miranda.

18:50

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

18:15

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

18:15

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

17:13

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

17:13

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

15:12 Booking

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

15:03

Ciprian Marica (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:03

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

14:24

Attempt missed. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

13:33

Attempt blocked. Pedro León (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:38

Ángel Lafita (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:38

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

8:25

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

8:25

Foul by Ciprian Marica (Getafe).

4:36

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

4:36

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

3:14

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

1:09

Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:09

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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