Radamel Falcao returned to the lineup as Atletico Madrid took a 1-0 win over Real Betis, pulling within nine points of La Liga lead. 

Diego Costa headed in the goal at the back post off a corner in the 61st minute, then Atletico (50 points) held on, moving within nine points of league-leading Barcelona.

Falcao, playing for the first time since sustaining a leg injury in a 2-0 win over Levante Jan. 20, was replaced by Raul Garcia in the 80th minute.