Apr 5, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
1-0
Villarreal
Garcia (13')
Koke (67'), Garcia (69'), Suarez (80')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Paulista (42')

Result: Raul Garcia goal enough for Atletico Madrid

An early goal from Raul Garcia secures a 1-0 win for Atletico Madrid against Villarreal in La Liga.

An early goal from Raul Garcia was enough for Atletico Madrid to seal all three points in their La Liga match against Villarreal this afternoon.

Raul Garcia of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal with teammates during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 5, 2014© Getty Images

Garcia put the home side ahead after less than a quarter of an hour, heading in from a Koke corner following a bright start by Atletico.

The striker came close to adding a second shortly after, but could not find the target for a first-half brace.

Manu Trigueros had the best opportunity of the first half for the visitors, but chances remained scarce for Villarreal in the opening 45 minutes.

Mario sent a shot just wide a couple of minutes into the second half as Villarreal continued to look for an equaliser, before David Villa forced a save at the other end of the pitch.

Jeremy Perbet also had a chance for the visitors, but his long-range strike drifted just wide, while Cani missed the target with an attempt from the edge of the box a couple of minutes later.

Atletico started to come back into the match as the second half progressed, as Garcia tried to turn the ball in from another corner for his second of the game, but was denied by a Sergio Asenjo save.

Perbet tried to create one final chance for the visitors in the last minute of the match, but his well-placed cross into the box failed to find any of his teammates.

The result leaves Atletico at the top of the La Liga table, while Villarreal remain seventh.

Raul Garcia of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal with teammates during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 5, 2014
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