Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 1.
Atletico Madrid comfortably beat third-placed Sevilla to move within two points of Jorge Sampaoli's side.
It capped a miserable week for Sevilla after being knocked out of the Champions League by Leicester, who will face Atletico in the quarter-finals.
Diego Godin put Atletico ahead, before Antoine Griezmann scored a rocket of a free-kick and Koke added a third.
Fernando Torres made his return from a head injury, as Joaquin Correa scored a late consolation goal.
Diego Simeone's Atletico are fourth in La Liga, the final Champions League qualification spot, but are now targeting automatic entry to the group stages by finishing in the top three.
They reached the quarter-finals of this season's competition in midweek with a 0-0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, going through 4-2 on aggregate.
But they rediscovered their scoring touch against Sevilla, who have now failed to win their past three La Liga games.
Captain Godin was left unmarked to head in Griezmann's free-kick on 37 minutes, and the France forward then scored his fifth goal in five games in the 60th minute.
Gabriel Mercado fouled Kevin Gameiro to concede a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Griezmann hammered his shot over the wall and in off the underside of the crossbar.
Torres, who was hospitalised after injuring his head during Atletico's draw with Deportivo La Coruna on 2 March, returned to loud cheers as he replaced Gameiro in the 63rd minute.
Sevilla had been title contenders this season, but have dropped off the pace in recent weeks and are on their longest run without a victory since Sampaoli replaced Unai Emery last summer.
"We've got to try and get our mojo back," said Sampaoli.
Atletico lost right-back Sime Vrsaljiko in the second minute to an injury and the club later revealed the Croatia international has suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo further tests.
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- 16VrsaljkoSubstituted forTorres Belénat 2'minutes
- 2GodínBooked at 66mins
- 3Filipe LuísBooked at 40mins
- 10CarrascoBooked at 55minsSubstituted forGaitánat 83'minutes
- 14Fernández Arenas
- 21GameiroSubstituted forTorresat 63'minutesBooked at 82mins
- 20Torres Belén
- 3Ferreira Filho
- 24MercadoBooked at 60mins
- 5LengletSubstituted forJoveticat 45'minutes
- 17SarabiaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forIborraat 64'minutes
- 20Machín Pérez
- 18EscuderoBooked at 23mins
- 12Ben YedderSubstituted forCorreaat 64'minutes
- 6Carrico Martins
- 31Caro Díaz
- Jesús Gil Manzano
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 1.
Offside, Sevilla. Vitolo tries a through ball, but Stevan Jovetic is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Escudero with a cross following a set piece situation.
Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).
Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolás Gaitán.
Vitolo (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).
Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 1. Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Filipe Luis with a through ball.
Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Nicolás Gaitán replaces Yannick Carrasco.
Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.
(Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).
Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.
Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.
Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.
Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 0. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.