Atletico Madrid got its fifth win in as many rounds to lie level on points with Barcelona after a no-nonsense 2-0 win at Valladolid .
Atletico's defense limited Valladolid to one shot on goal while midfielder Raul Garcia and forward Diego Costa both scored goals set up by Jorge ''Koke'' Resurreccion in the second half.
Moments after goalkeeper Diego Marino saved his header, Garcia scored in the 56th with a no-look header from Koke's cross that Marino could only watch float over him and into the net.
Koke then lobbed a delicate through ball down the middle of pitch for Diego Costa to seal the result in the 72nd.
Barcelona's and Atletico's victories gave them an overnight five-point advantage over Real Madrid before it hosts Getafe on Sunday.
Atletico visits Madrid next round in their first meeting since Atletico beat Madrid in the Copa del Rey final last season.
Also on Sunday, it's: Real Betis vs. Granada , Celta Vigo vs. Villarreal , and Valencia vs. Sevilla .
Espanyol hosts Athletic Bilbao on Monday.