Atletico Madrid were indebted to goalkeeper Jan Oblak as they closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to six points with a narrow 1-0 win at Eibar.
The visitors scored what would prove to be the only goal of the game in the 27th minute when Antoine Griezmann cut the ball from the right towards Kevin Gameiro, who slotted past the on-rushing Marko Dmitrovic from close range.
Eibar, who were looking to break into the top six, went close to an equaliser just after the hour when Joan Jordan's header forced a brilliant save from Oblak.
The Slovenian was again alert with 11 minutes left to stop a header from Paulo Oliveira after a corner.
The instrumental Oblak again showed fine reactions to keep out a low effort from Takashi Inui.
Eibar substitute Kike and Sergio Enrich both put late chances just wide as Atletico closed out victory which puts them 10 points ahead of Real, albeit having played a match more.