Atletico Madrid moved to within two wins of the La Liga title after Raul Garcia's goal earned Diego Simeone's side victory at Valencia.

The 27-year-old midfielder glanced Gabi's angled pass into the net following a mix-up between keeper Vicente Guaita and Jeremy Mathieu.

Valencia enjoyed plenty of possession, Jonas heading a fine chance wide.

Atletico finished with 10 men after Juanfran was shown a straight red for bringing down midfielder Pablo Piatti.

Garcia's head start

Only Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz (7) has scored more headed goals than Raul Garcia (6) in La Liga this season.

Atletico's ninth straight league win restored their six-point advantage at the top over title rivals Real Madrid, who beat Osasuna 4-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Los Rojiblancos now have 88 points and, with just three games remaining, they can wrap up their first title since 1996 before the final match at Barcelona on 18 May - if they win their next two games over mid-table opposition.

Simeone's side, who face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, travel to Levante on 4 May before hosting Malaga on 11 May.

La Liga title run-in

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid

Barcelona

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)

Although Real can still reach 94 points if they win their last four league games, Atletico will secure the title with two wins on the head-to-head rule after taking four points off their neighbours this season.

This was their 20th victory achieved with a clean sheet this season and Simeone's side have now recorded eight clean sheets in the last nine games.

Although Brazilian forward Jonas spurned a great chance for Valencia, Atletico should have won by a more handsome margin with Costa failing to add to his haul of 27 La Liga goals for the season.

The only negative was the dismissal of former Real Madrid defender Juanfran for his cynical challenge on Piatti deep into stoppage time.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Valencia CF

  • 13 Guaita
  • 12 João Pereira
  • 31 Gaya
  • 21 Parejo (Vargas - 53' Booked )
  • 20 Ricardo Costa
  • 22 Mathieu
  • 19 Barragán (Feghouli - 62' )
  • 15 Fuego Martínez Booked
  • 16 Alcácer García
  • 07 Gonçalves Oliveira Booked (Nicolás Cartabia - 82' )
  • 02 Piatti

Substitutes

  • 03 Vezo
  • 08 Feghouli
  • 11 Keita
  • 17 Vargas
  • 25 Vasconcelos Araújo
  • 28 Nicolás Cartabia
  • 45 Pizana

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran Dismissed
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín Booked
  • 08 Raúl García (Alderweireld - 69' )
  • 05 Tiago
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 09 Villa (Turan - 60' )
  • 06 Koke

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 04 Suárez
  • 07 Adrián
  • 10 Turan
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 21 Diego
  • 24 Sosa (Alderweireld - 93' )
Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Att: 27,500

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

2 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

18 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +2:58 Full time

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

90:00 +2:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Toby Alderweireld replaces José Sosa.

90:00 +0:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the red card.

90:00 +0:44

Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

89:18 Booking

Booking Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

89:09

Hand ball by Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF).

87:54

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

87:54

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

86:15

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Miranda.

85:43

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

84:56 Booking

Booking Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:48

Foul by Javi Fuego (Valencia CF).

84:48

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

83:57

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Sosa with a through ball.

81:26

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).

81:26

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

81:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Fede replaces Jonas.

80:46

Attempt missed. José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Juanfran.

78:56

Attempt saved. Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonas.

75:31

João Pereira (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:31

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

74:52

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas.

73:07

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

72:36

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

72:07

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70:00 Booking

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

69:50

Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:50

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

68:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Raúl García.

67:27

Foul by Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF).

67:27

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

66:33

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:33

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

65:53

Attempt saved. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

65:14

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

64:07

Foul by Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF).

64:07

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

63:55

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

63:53

Attempt blocked. Jonas (Valencia CF) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Piatti with a cross.

61:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Sofiane Feghouli replaces Antonio Barragán.

59:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan replaces David Villa.

57:26

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antonio Barragán with a cross.

56:50

Attempt blocked. Jonas (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:47

Attempt blocked. Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonas.

55:28

Foul by José Gayá (Valencia CF).

55:28

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

53:47

Attempt missed. Jonas (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by João Pereira.

53:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Eduardo Vargas replaces Daniel Parejo.

52:35

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Gabi.

51:58

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

50:42

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke with a through ball.

50:04

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

47:42

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Koke.

46:23

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

45:00

Second Half begins Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

45:00 +0:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1.

44:53

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:53

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

44:06

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).

44:06

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

43:16

Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:16

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

42:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Valencia CF 0, Atlético de Madrid 1. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gabi with a through ball.

40:03

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by João Pereira.

37:46

Attempt saved. Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Gayá with a cross.

37:05

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

36:15 Booking

Booking Jonas (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

35:57

Foul by João Pereira (Valencia CF).

35:57

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

34:49

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Diego Costa with a cross.

33:04

Foul by Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF).

33:04

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

31:32

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).

31:32

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

29:49

Foul by Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF).

29:49

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

29:16

Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:16

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

28:27

Foul by João Pereira (Valencia CF).

28:27

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

27:45

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

27:44

Attempt blocked. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

27:09

Foul by Jonas (Valencia CF).

27:09

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

25:26

Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:26

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

23:31

Dangerous play by Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF).

23:31

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

21:49

Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:49

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

19:00

Foul by Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF).

19:00

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

17:18

Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:18

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

16:25

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:25

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

12:29

Foul by Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF).

12:29

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

12:08

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Miranda.

11:20

Attempt missed. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

10:02

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

8:17

Foul by Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF).

8:17

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

6:00

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Tiago.

4:30

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:30

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

0:57

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by João Pereira.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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