MADRID, May 3 (Primera Liga) - Osasuna moved a step closer to a place in next season's Champions League with a workmanlike win over a toothless Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.
Midfielder Inaki Munoz put the Navarrans in front after just 16 minutes, and they held on to their lead despite losing defender Rafael Clavero to a red card early in the second half.
Atletico huffed and puffed but produced a startling lack of ideas as they saw their chances of even making the Intertoto Cup drift away from them. They finished in tatters with Argentinian midfielder Ariel Ibagaza shown a straight red card in the last minute.
Atletico's plans were disrupted after just two minutes when midfielder Juan Valera had to be stretchered off with a shoulder injury to be replaced by Martin Petrov.
Neither side managed to assert themselves early on with time on the ball in short supply, as they both worked hard to close each other down.
In the 14th minute Atletico won a free-kick on the edge of the area, and Peter Luccin drove in a low shot which deflected through the wall and into the chest of a wrong-footed Ricardo in the Osasuna goal.
Two minutes later the visitors made the most of some uncertain defending to take the lead when Ludovic Delporte's cross was headed into the air on the edge of the six-yard box.
Atletico's defenders failed to clear at the second attempt and the ball dropped to an unmarked Munoz who stroked the ball into the far corner.
The game opened up a little after the goal as Atletico put some urgency into their attacks and Petrov sped clear in the 25th minute, but with two men in the centre he wastefully shot well wide of the far post.
Soon after a quick counter-attack saw Mateja Kezman play Fernando Torres to the byline, from where the Spain striker crossed for an unmarked Ibagaza at the far post. But recovering defender Rafael Clavero flung himself across to block the shot.
Although the home side dominated possession Osasuna looked dangerous when they pushed forward with Serbia and Montenegro striker Savo Milosevic pulling the strings up front.
He nodded down for Munoz to try his luck from outside the area after 29 minutes, a shot Leo Franco saved with ease, and caused confusion latching onto a deep cross to flick the ball past Franco, only to see it bounce agonisingly across the face of an open goal.
The yellow card count continued to mount and Osasuna defender Clavero collected two in 10 minutes after the break to leave his side with 10 men.
With a man advantage Atletico pinned Osasuna back into their area but they lacked the guile to unpick the visitors' defence as time and again they misplaced their passes or simply pumped aimless long balls into the area.
The home side got a chance five minutes from time when a ball looped up into the area for right back Francisco Molinero but he miscued his volley horribly.
The home side were whistled off the pitch by frustrated Atletico fans after their second 1-0 home defeat in four days.