Atletico Madrid ended a run of three consecutive draws by beating Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 at the Riazor on Saturday afternoon.
For the most part of the game, Atleti looked likely to draw once more, having drawn their last four games in a row.
However, a late Thomas Partey ensured three points for Diego Simeone’s side, who put pressure back on Valencia and Barcelona.
In truth – the first half was one for the footballing purist as it lacked quality from either side.
Zakaria Bakkali has perhaps the best chance for the hosts, but Jan Oblak saved his effort to ensure both sides entered the dressing room on level terms.
The second half did liven up as Depor’s Sidnei was hauled down in the area but referee Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo waved play on.
Antoine Griezmann did grow into the game and he came close just after the restart, causing home keeper Costel Pantilimon little trouble, however.
The French international caused havoc later on as he skipped past two defenders, before finding Kevin Gameiro, but he failed to test the keeper.
As time was running out for Simeone’s side, four minutes were added and a mazy run from Lucas Hernandez forced a foul from Sidnei.
The resulting free kick was taken by Partey, who curled in a delightful effort to give his side a much needed win.