Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga on Saturday afternoon.
Diego Simeone’s side sit behind league leaders Barcelona and seem to be the only threat to the Catalan side’s La Liga title challenge.
Having picked up points on Barca last week, Simeone’s men did the same this week, later watching Barca draw with Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening.
Griezmann, who argued with the Wanda Metropolitano crowd last weekend in the win over Valencia – was the man of the moment, as he fired home after just 39 seconds to upset an already dismayed home crowd at La Rosaleda.
Malaga failed to trouble the visitors, despite some half hearted chances in the second period and with the result, find themselves in real trouble, sitting rock bottom, four points off their next rivals.
Atleti move to within seven points of Barca and nine points ahead of third placed Valencia, who beat Levante 3-1 on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid, who sit fourth and have a very thin chance of a title challenge – thrashed Real Sociedad 5-2 at Santiago Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has failed to live up to his own huge standards, returned to form, scoring a sublime hat-trick.