Atletico Madrid got a major boost in the race for Champions League on Saturday with a nervy 1-0 win over Valladolid which moved them into third place in LaLiga.
A goal from substitute Vitolo with nine minutes remaining gave Diego Simeone’s side the three points.
They now have 52 points and a four-point edge over Getafe in their Champions League pursuit after winning for the first time behind closed doors at their Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Vitolo had come on as a substitute after 73 minutes for Marcos Llorente and grabbed the winner with a header from a corner after Valladolid keeper Juan Antonio Caro had failed to clear.
Getafe’s hopes of finishing in LaLiga’s top four took another knock as their disappointing return from the three-month coronavirus suspension continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Eibar.
Peter Etebo’s smart finish put Getafe in front at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez before Eibar’s Charles equalised from close range on the stroke of halftime.
Eibar might even have snatched victory, only to have a late goal from Pedro Bigas ruled out for offside.
Getafe have now taken just two points from three games since the restart.