Atletico Madrid closed the gap at the top of the table to just two points following a 2-0 win over neighbours Getafe at home on Saturday afternoon.
Atleti, who have picked up 13 points from the last 15 available, went into the game still unbeaten following the 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo in September. Diego Simeone made two changes to the side that started in last week’s 3-0 win away to Huesca, with Saul and Nikola Kalinic replacing Koke and Angel Correa.
Getafe started the week pulling off a shock 1-0 home win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey. El Geta have picked up 10 points from the last 15 available and sat in sixth place before kick off.
The visitors hold an impressive defensive record this season, with this weekend’s opponents being the only team in the league to have a better record. Jose Bordalas’ men comfortably kept the hosts at bay up until the 27th minute, when Thomas found Antoine Griezmann in the box to grab his 10th league goal of the season.
Los Colchoneros grabbed their second of the day 10 minutes later. Thomas and Lucas Hernandez created some terrific build up play which in turn found Kalinic in the box. The Croat’s shot went straight towards Getafe keeper Soria, however Saul was on hand to pounce on the rebound to effectively wrap up the three points for Atleti.
Getafe continued to find a way back into the game in the second half but struggled to properly test Jan Oblak. Leeds loanee Samu Saiz had the side’s best chance, having to force Oblak into making a fine save.
The game ended in disaster for Getafe, with Djene Dakonam and Leandro Cabrera both sent off in the last few minutes of the game for earning two yellow cards.
Atleti will remain two points behind leaders Barcelona should Ernesto Valverde’s men slip up in Sunday’s match with neighbours Girona. Simeone’s side travel to Andalusia next weekend for a tricky encounter with Real Betis.
Getafe will fall below Betis in the table on Sunday should the Beticos beat Athletic Bilbao. After the second leg match with Valencia on Tuesday, Getafe travel to Levante next Saturday.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Gimenez, Godin (Juanfran, 45), Lucas; Lemar, Thomas, Rodri, Saul; Griezmann, Kalinic (Mollejo, 62)
Getafe (4-4-2): Soria; Suarez, Dakonam, Bruno, Cabrera; Portillo, Arambarri, Maksimovic (Cristofro, 66), Antunes (Saiz, 58); Molina (Mata, 45), Angel