Atletico honour COVID-19 victims with win

Atletico Madrid were victorious in their first home game since the restart of the Spanish La Liga

Atletico Madrid have honoured the club's victims of the coronavirus pandemic and earned a hard-fought victory on Saturday in their first home game since Spain's la Liga resumed.

Substitute Victor "Vitolo" Machin scored in the 81st minute as Atletico beat Valladolid 1-0.

The victory lifted Diego Simeone's team past Sevilla and into third place on head-to-head goal difference.

Barcelona lead the league by three points from Real Madrid, who face Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Atletico used the occasion of their return to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in more than three months to pay tribute to former coach Radomir Antic, three former players, and a 14-year-old youth player who died during the pandemic.

A jersey with Antic's name was placed on a seat next to Simeone on the bench, while the four players had shirts with their names draped on seats in the empty stands.

A violinist played the club's anthem to honour all of Spain's over 28,000 virus victims before kick-off.

The game, like all matches in the league since it resumed, was played without fans.

"It is wonderful to be back in our stadium," Simeone said.

"Our fans were not here in person, but they were so in spirit."

Vitolo went on in the 73rd and broke the deadlock when he headed in after goalkeeper Jose Caro failed to punch a corner away. The ball fell to Vitolo at the far post and he guided his header home.

Getafe continued to struggle since the league resumed after it conceded an early lead to draw 1-1 at home with Eibar.

Madrid-based Getafe remained in fifth place, just outside the Champions League spots.

Charles scored a header halfway through the game to cancel out Oghenekaro Etebo's opener for Getafe.

A clever flick by Inigo Martinez earned Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 home win over Real Betis.

The centre-back directed in a low cross to culminate a well-executed set piece in the seventh minute.

Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon swatted the ball off his line in the final minutes before Betis forward Sergio Canales squandered a penalty by firing his spot-kick over the bar.

Levante have moved up to 11th after they eased to a 3-1 away win at Espanyol, who dropped to the bottom of the standings.