Zinedine Zidane suffered his first defeat since taking charge of Real Madrid as Antoine Griezmann’s solitary strike kept Atletico Madrid’s faint La Liga title hopes alive with a 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Griezmann finished off a lovely team move eight minutes into the second half as Atletico became the first visiting team ever to win at the Bernabeu three seasons in a row.
Diego Simeone’s men move to within five points of leaders Barcelona while Real’s chances of landing just a second title in eight years now look completely gone as they now trail Atletico by four points in third.
Barca can restore their eight-point lead at the top when they face Sevilla on Sunday.
“Once again the fans of Atletico Madrid can feel immensely proud of their players,” said Simeone.
The final whistle was greeted by howls of discontent from the Real fans with chants for president Florentino Perez to resign.
“The league is over,” said Zidane.
“You can’t be happy with a defeat, with what happened and how we played.”
An error-strewn first half was played at a pace that suggested both sides had already given up on their title hopes.