Atletico Madrid’s revival under new coach Diego Simeone continued on Monday as Diego Godin fired the winner in a battling 1-0 victory at CA Osasuna that lifted them to seventh in La Liga.
The Uruguay defender bundled in from close range at a corner just before the break, while forwards Adrian and Radamel Falcao missed gilt-edged chances to extend the lead.
Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, kept the visitors in the game in the closing minutes with string of excellent saves as los Rojillos piled forward in search of an equalizer.
Under former Argentina captain Simeone, a huge fan favorite at the Vicente Calderon where he won a league and cup double as a player in 1996, Atletico have drawn once and won three on the trot without conceding a goal.
They climbed above Osasuna with 29 points from 20 games and they are two points off a Champions League place. Osasuna are 10th with 27 points.
Atletico are 23 points behind city rivals and leaders Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho’s side have opened up a seven-point lead over Barcelona.