Raul Garcia nets crucial Atletico Madrid winner

Atletico Madrid maintained their leadership at the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Valencia.

Atletico Madrid maintained their leadership at the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Valencia.

A solitary goal by Raul Garcia was enough to see off Valencia and nudge Atletico Madrid closer still to the Primera Division title.

The midfielder headed in the crucial goal just moments before half-time and then Atletico dug deep to hold off intermittent swathes of pressure from Valencia to earn their first win at Mestalla in 11 years.

They had to play the last minutes of injury time with 10 men after Juanfran was sent off for a reckless tackle, but it could not prevent them winning the game.

 
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