The Vicente Calderón was packed as 53,800 spectators enjoyed the sun in Madrid and saw Atleti beat Granada 2-0.
The game winning goal came from the foot of first time scorer Miranda and in the added time Falcao contributed with a second.
With Filipe suspended the Rojiblancos lined up with Álvaro Domínguez at left back. Miranda replaced Luis Perea in defence while the rest of the team remained unchanged from the XI that beat Besiktas on Thursday.
Vice captain and youth product Gabi made his 100th appearance for the club.
Atlético’s first half performance was uninspired and sloppy. Passes didn’t reach their destination, there was no creativity and the players didn’t look as sharp as they normally do under Simeone.
It was the visitors, who have now lost six of their last seven games on the road, who looked more threatening in front of goal. They had a handful of shooting opportunities from the edge of the box and looked dangerous on the break.
In the 37th minute Atleti finally created their first opportunity of the match, when we cleverly executed a free kick, but Gabi’s shot was blocked.
From the corner kick that ensued, it was our two centre backs who combined for the opening goal. Diego Godín headed the ball back across the goal and Miranda finished with an acrobatic and spectacular volley. It was a perfect demonstration of Brazilian finesse and technique by Miranda, who scored his first goal in an Atlético shirt.
After the break the Colchoneros improved and there was an early chance for Falcao, who was denied by goalkeeper Júlio César. In the uneventful second half we still struggled to create opportunities, but we had a firm grip on the game and didn’t allow Granada any shots on goal.
Granada finished the game with 10 players after Henrique was sent off with a straight red. The substitute lunged forward in the 83rd minute and only hit Koke’s feet as he launched our midfielder into the air.
In the first minute of the added time Juanfran surged forward on a dazzling run. After winning the ball on his own half he crossed the entire pitch and provided Radamel Falcao with an easy chance. The Colombian scored through the legs of Júlio César for his 21st of the season.
El Tigre almost got number 22 too, but he hit the post as Atleti went forward one last time.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Domínguez; Salvio (“69 Arda), Gabi, Mario (“57 Assunção), Koke; Adrián (“79 Perea) and Falcao.
Goals: 1-0 Miranda (“38); 2-0 Falcao (“92)