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Atlético sink Valencia to close in on title

Published: Sunday 27 April 2014, 23.01CET
Club Atlético de Madrid ended with ten men but nevertheless earned a 1-0 win at Valencia CF to stay four points clear of FC Barcelona who came from two goals down to defeat Villarreal CF.
Atlético sink Valencia to close in on title
Raúl García celebrates scoring Atlético's winner ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 27 April 2014, 23.01CET

Atlético sink Valencia to close in on title

Club Atlético de Madrid ended with ten men but nevertheless earned a 1-0 win at Valencia CF to stay four points clear of FC Barcelona who came from two goals down to defeat Villarreal CF.

Club Atlético de Madrid took another big step towards their first Liga title since 1995/96 by prevailing 1-0 at Valencia CF to maintain their four-point advantage over FC Barcelona, who were forced to dig deep at Villarreal CF.

David Villa rifled just wide and Filipe Luís had a goalbound effort blocked before Raúl García made the Atlético breakthrough two minutes before the interval, beating home goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to Gabi's pass and finding the net. Guaita twice denied Diego Costa when the forward went clean through after the interval, but Diego Simeone's men claimed a ninth successive win despite losing Juanfran to a red card in added time.

The win lifted the Rojiblancos six points clear of Real Madrid CF, who downed CA Osasuna 4-0 yesterday, before Barcelona later cut their lead by winning 3-2 at Villarreal despite falling two goals behind. Efforts from Cani and Manuel Trigueros Muñoz looked to have dealt a hammer blow to Barça's title chances, but own goals from Gabriel Armando de Abreu and Mateo Musacchio brought things level before Lionel Messi's winner seven minutes from time.

Athletic Club took a huge step towards securing the final UEFA Champions League spot, as the fourth-placed side defeated nearest rivals Sevilla FC 3-1 to pull six points clear of their rivals, Markel Susaeta, Iker Muniain and Ander Herrera getting the goals.

Elsewhere, 18th-placed UD Almería boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 2-1 win at RCD Espanyol, Suso notching the winner. The hosts ended the game with nine men after Christian Stuani and Javi López were both dismissed.

Last updated: 28/04/14 1.33CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 27/04/2014 22:55 CET

27/04/2014

VillarrealVillarreal2-3BarcelonaBarcelona

Cani 45+1, Trigueros Muñoz 55

de Abreu 65 (og), Musacchio 78 (og), Messi 83

Venue: Castellon

27/04/2014

AthleticAthletic3-1SevillaSevilla

Susaeta 4, Muniain 53, Ander Herrera 73

Gameiro 79

Venue: Bilbao

27/04/2014

ValenciaValencia0-1AtléticoAtlético

Raúl García 43

Venue: Valencia

27/04/2014

EspanyolEspanyol1-2AlmeríaAlmería

Stuani 42

Vélez Jiménez 69, Suso 72

Venue: Barcelona

26/04/2014

BetisBetis0-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Vela 48 (P)

Venue: Sevilla

26/04/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid4-0OsasunaOsasuna

Ronaldo 6, 52, Ramos 60, Carvajal 83

Venue: Madrid

26/04/2014

GetafeGetafe1-0MálagaMálaga

Adrián Colunga 7

Venue: Madrid

26/04/2014

GranadaGranada0-3Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Saúl Ñiguez 54, Larrivey 59, Seba 86

Venue: Granada

25/04/2014

ElcheElche1-1LevanteLevante

Boakye 63

Ángel 74

Venue: Elche

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