Elche had the better of the chances in an open first period, but the score remained goalless at the interval.
Read how it all unfolded in Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live commentary of the action below.
ATLETICO: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe; Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Adrian, Costa, Villa
ELCHE: M Herrera; Damian, Pelegrin, Botia, Sapunaru; Sanchez, Rivera, Marquez; Coro, Gil, C Herrera
0 - Elche have lost 7 and won none of their last nine away league games (D2), last winning on the road at Real Betis in Oct (1-2). Difficult— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 18, 2014
Diego Costa takes it on the chest. pic.twitter.com/uvNvEchiOX— AS English (@English_AS) April 18, 2014