Spain La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid stayed hot on the heels of their neighbours thanks to an Antoine Griezmann double and goals from Mario Mandzukic and Raul Garcia which secured a 4-2 win at home to Cordoba.
Atletico are second on 23 points from 10 games, and Valencia have 20 in fifth before their match at Villarreal on Sunday.
Cordoba held out until a minute before halftime at the Calderon when Griezmann struck with a deflected effort.
The visitors surprised Atletico eight minutes into the second half when Algeria's Nabil Ghilas headed in at a corner before Griezmann made it 2-1 with another header five minutes later and Mandzukic nodded home Atletico's third in the 62nd minute.
Substitute Raul Garcia deflected Koke's cross into the net 10 minutes from time and Ghilas grabbed Cordoba's second with three minutes left after some poor Atletico defending.
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