All eyes were on Cadiz as Atletico Madrid looked to take advantage of Real Madrid’s slip up against Levante to extend their lead to 10 points at the top of LaLiga Santander and they did just that.
From the very first minute of this tie at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza, when Jan Oblak spilt a shot for a corner, it was evident that this tie was bound to be a thriller.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring with a fine direct freekick from 20-yards out, only for another veteran, Alvaro Negredo to pull the scoreline back with a fine effort of his own from the edge of the box.
Saul stepped up with a more fortuitous goal as Atleti created their own luck on the stroke of half-time, while they also had referee Jesus Gil Manzano to thank after he ruled out a penalty initially awarded for a Koke handball.
Half-time provided an opportunity to regroup, with Atleti looking less convincing defensively without Mario Hermoso and Kieran Trippier, while Lucas Torreira was doing little to justify his first start in midfield since October.
A change in shape beckoned, with Sime Vrsaljko brought on for the Uruguayan at the break, and Los Colchoneros got off to an ideal start as Suarez added a second from the penalty spot.
Negredo was keeping pace with his counterpart though and notched a brace himself, this time beating a sprawling Oblak as his header squeezed in off the post.
Cadiz kept the pressure on the visitors and continued to push, but Atletico looked more solid as Simeone introduced Geoffrey Kondogbia and Hector Herrera in midfield.
Koke would put the game to bed with just two minutes left on the clock, stepping up at the far post to turn the cross of another substitute, Angel Correa, into a goal.
The result leaves Atletico Madrid ten points clear of second-placed Real Madrid with a game in hand, and as the end of the season comes into sight, Atletico fans have more and more reason to believe that the title could be heading to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.