Sergio Aguero netted the only goal of a scrappy encounter at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico took advantage of Espanyol´s shock defeat at Almeria to move into the top three.
Valencia, who have lurched from one setback to another over the last few months, can consider themselves slightly unlucky not to have taken anything from the game though after twice hitting the woodwork through Nikola Zigic in the second half.
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