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 Osasuna that lifted Atletico up to seventh in La Liga.
The Uruguay defender bundled in from close range at a corner just before the break and forwards Adrian and Radamel Falcao missed gilt-edged chances to extend the lead.
Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, kept the visitors in the game in the closing minutes with string of excellent saves as Osasuna piled forward in search of an equaliser.
Under former Argentina captain Simeone, a huge fan favourite at the Calderon where he won a league and cup double as a player in 1996, Atletico are unbeaten in their last four matches, drawing one, and winning the last three in a row, all without conceding a goal.
With the win, Atletico climbed above Osasuna in the table, and with 29 points from 20 games and are two points off a Champions League place.