Madrid: Atletico Madrid moved a step closer to a first La Liga title in almost two decades when Diego Godin and Diego Costa scored in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe on Sunday that stretched their advantage at the top to three points.
The surprise leaders ahead of much wealthier rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico are well placed with five games left to become the first club other than the big two to win Spain’s domestic league since Valencia in 2004.
Barca surrendered second place to Real on Saturday when they followed up Wednesday’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico with a shock 0-1 defeat at Granada and Real thumped Almeria 4-0 at the Bernabeu.
Atletico have 82 points, with Real in second on 79 and Barca, who host Atletico on the final day of the season, on 78.
Atletico showed no sign of fatigue at Getafe’s Coliseum stadium following their exertions against Barca, when they reached the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1974.
They last won La Liga in 1996 with a team featuring current coach Diego Simeone in midfield and remain on course for what would be a remarkable double of La Liga and Champions League.