Alvaro Morata scored twice in quick succession as 10-man Atletico Madrid beat Real Sociedad to move back within seven points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Morata put the visitors in front on the half-hour mark with a diving header from close range after Thomas Lemar's corner was flicked on by Diego Godin, and the Chelsea loanee doubled his tally in similar fashion just a few minutes later, heading home from Koke's free-kick.

Koke was sent off after 62 minutes after picking up a second yellow card but the home side were unable to breach Atletico's well-organised defence, with goalkeeper Jan Oblak pulling off a fine save from Mikel Merino's header.

Getafe gave their chances of securing Champions League football a massive boost with a 2-1 win at fellow European hopefuls Real Betis.

Defender Leandro Cabrera headed the home side in front in the 20th minute after a well-worked short corner routine and Jaime Mata made it 2-0 just before the interval with a superb finish into the bottom corner.

Betis pulled a goal back in the 75th minute through captain Joaquin and also had a goal from striker Jese ruled out for offside as Getafe held on for all three points.

Valencia are also chasing a Champions League spot and remain six points behind Getafe after a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla.

Rodrigo Moreno opened the scoring early in the second half with a stunning volley from just inside the area, but the home side had to wait until the 89th minute to make the game safe when Kevin Gameiro converted a pinpoint cross from Carlos Soler.

In the day's other game, Sergi Enrich scored the only goal of the game in the 87th minute as Eibar beat strugglers Celta Vigo 1-0.

Substitute Marc Cardona's shot deflected to an unmarked Enrich, who was left with the simple task of sidefooting into the net from close range.

That spared the blushes of Brazilian striker Charles, who had earlier blazed a 68th-minute penalty over the bar after Fabian Orellana had been brought down in the area by David Junca. 032157 MAR 19