Carrasco hits a hat-trick as Atlético thrash Granada 7-1

Rojiblancos treat fans to a goalscoring frenzy on Día de las Peñas

Carrasco and Griezmann linked up to devastating effect

Carrasco and Griezmann linked up to devastating effect

It was a night to remember in the Vicente Calderón, as Atlético Madrid put seven goals past bottom side Granada to consolidate their position at the top of the La Liga table.

Yannick Carrasco hit a stunning hat-trick, before a double from substitute Nico Gaitán and late goals from Ángel Correa and Tiago secured a 7-1 triumph against the struggling side.

Granada may not have won all season, but it was they who took the lead early on and in emphatic fashion as well, former Barcelona man Isaac Cuenca volleying past Jan Oblak to put the visitors in front.

It was only the third goal that Atleti had conceded all season, and one that spurred the home team – specifically Yannick Carrasco – into action.

The Belgian has been given more responsibility this season and has featured as a starter in six of our eight matches. He was the man who came up with the equaliser, smashing home after Granada failed to clear from a corner.

Carrasco then put Atleti in front just before half-time with a deflected effort, before adding a third just past the hour mark after good work from Antoine Griezmann on the right hand side.

That wasn’t enough for the red and whites though, who smelt blood and went for the kill, adding a fourth almost straight form kick-off as substitute Nico Gaitán stretched to convert his first Atleti goal with his first touch.

The Argentine international hasn’t had much of a chance so far this season but will have done no harm to his chances this evening, scoring the fifth ten minutes from the end after cutting inside and firing past Guillermo Ochoa.

Compatriot Ángel Correa, who had an excellent match as a starter behind the front two, then got the goal he deserved minutes later with a rasping drive from outside the box.

Like Carrasco, the 21 year-old looks to have upped his level this season and is really starting to shine as the team flourishes in attack. Tiago added the seventh in the dying moments from close range.

It was just the response fans would’ve wanted after having fallen a goal behind, and a result that will do wonders for our confidence as we look to make inroads in domestic and continental competition.

Having lost their spot at the top following Sevilla and Barcelona’s wins earlier in the day, Atleti put a statement out with this result and are playing as well as anybody in Europe.

With 21 goals scored and just 3 conceded, the team are firing on all cylinders and will surely be in contention for all three trophies this season. This may well be the best all-round team we’ve seen since Simeone came in.

Surprisingly to some, it wasn’t the first time we’ve scored seven under Cholo, having beaten Getafe 7-0 back in our title winning 2013/14 season. Carrasco’s hat-trick is the first from an Atleti player since Griezmann against Athletic in 2014.

Next up, we travel to Russia for the return of the Champions League, tournament newcomers FC Rostov the opponents in a match that could go a long way to determining the outcome of the group.

Player ratings

Jan Oblak – 6

Nothing he could do about the goal, although he will be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet. Fans showed their appreciation by singing his name on multiple occasions in the second half.

Juanfran – 7

Got forward to great effect in the first half particularly, putting in a number of good crosses and constantly putting himself in dangerous positions.

Diego Godín – 7

Didn’t have a great deal to do after Cuenca’s wondergoal, but helped the team respond and kept the defence secure for the team to go on and win the match.

Stefan Savic – 7

See above. Made a few forays forward in the first half, will be looking to get off the mark for Atlético soon having scored for Montenegro during the international break.

Filipe Luís – 7

Here, there and everywhere. Our September Player of the Month continued his good form, constantly involved and playing a part in a few of the goals. Best left-back in the world?

Gabi – 7

Goes about his work quietly, but does a job that is invaluable both on days like this and in matches where we have to defend. Was fouled in the build-up to the Granada goal, but the referee waved play on.

Koke – 8

Looks a new player since dropping back into the deeper midfield role. Not that he was playing badly before, but he really looks at home now in his more natural role. Exceptional footballer.

Yannick Carrasco – 9 (Man of the match)

The talisman for Atleti this evening. Cholo told him to shoot more, and he repaid the boss’ faith with a stunning hat-trick. All three were what you would call striker’s goals, a weapon which will take his game to another level.

Ángel Correa – 8

Perhaps his best performance as a starter for the club. Involved and positive throughout, and although not everything came off, he does things that nobody else can. Got the goal he deserved, and in some style too.

Antoine Griezmann – 7

The most surprising thing about today’s result was that Atleti scored seven and Griezmann didn’t get any of them. Did set up Carrasco’s hat-trick goal with a lovely cut-back, before getting a deserved rest late on.

Kevin Gameiro – 6

Like Griezmann, he came off early but may be a little disappointed not to add to his goal stats today. Ran hard as usual and looked to get into the right positions, probably would’ve scored had he stayed on.

Subs

Nico Gaitán – 8

Hasn’t had too much playing time as of late, but looked right at home when he came on and helped himself to a couple of goals, both of which were well taken. Hope to see more of him soon.

Tiago – 7

Great to see him back on the scoresheet after his horrific leg break last year. Will be important this season with Augusto’s injury.

Fernando Torres – 6

Like Gameiro, he would’ve wanted to get in on the goalscoring action but didn’t get the chances. Didn’t see a great deal of the ball during his time on the pitch.

How do you sum up a performance like this? Are we being a little harsh not giving Carrasco a 10?


  • Mitch

    The one and only “Felipe Luis” !!!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I didn’t blink when Granada scored, why should I ?! we had Grizi, Gameiro, Correa, Carrasco & Koke on the pitch at the same time, I had no doubt that we will score at least 2 goals .
    I like this new Atleti, and I can’t thank Alaves & Leganes enough, they achieved the impossible, they made the very stubborn Simeone change his mind and his plan .

    21 goals in the first 8 games, last season we scored 12, the season before we scored 14, while in the title-winning season 2013/14 we also scored 21 .
    A champions numbers .

    Again, we are the favorites this season, we are the most complete team in Spain and in Europe, the best defense, an attack on fire (7 goals today and our strikers Grizi, Gameiro & Torres didn’t score any) the best squad depth, a genius coach and a great team unity .
    Only outside factors like injuries or refereeing could stop us from winning titles .
    And we need titles, maybe they could convince Simeone and Grizi to stay with us a little more, or much more .

    I like this new Carrasco too, and I wish the old one never comes back, the one who scored only 4 goals in the whole La Liga last season .
    It took Carrasco 2925 minutes to score his first double with Atleti, while it took Gaitan only 313 minutes to do that, so I wasn’t wrong about Carrasco in case if some people are trying to say I was .
    And I wasn’t wrong about comparing him to Correa because they play in different positions as some people said, they can play in each others places, and they can play together behind 2 strikers like what happened today .

    Few weeks ago someone said that Torres gets frustrated when he doesn’t score and he gets angry at his teammates when they don’t pass to him, or something like that, today when we were leading 6-1 and he won a throw-in, he took it himself very fast and we scored the 7th .
    Torres doesn’t think about himself for a second, he has won everything, now he wants to win something with his beloved Atleti .

  • uhop vufiigh yujopoi

    Atleti has a very complete squad. only thing they lack is a tall striker who can score headers. If Borja stayed squad will be 100% complete!
    Correa is more comfort playing behind strikers rather playing griez role.
    Tiago is a goal scorer compared to gabi n agusto. He returned when he most needed. (agusto injury)

  • Mitch

    “….today when we were leading 6-1 and he won a throw-in, he took it himself very fast and we scored the 7th .
    Torres doesn’t think about himself for a second, he has won everything, now he wants to win something with his beloved Atleti .”

    Thank you Ahmad Hossainy, you see things most people don’t! The kid is doing for his club! Bravo!

  • samer kozaylee

    Granada had a world class luck goal
    they aren’t organized as there ex manager Pako Jimenez has been sacked recently and the b coach is leading
    It Was a great performance from our team despite the fact that our GG didnt score any of the 7goals.
    Corea is back to the right track but he is committing a lot of fools.
    Carrasco was fantastico every thing he touches it turns to gold hope we ll see more goal of him so he ll remove some pressure on Griezmann.
    Gameiro our speedy every body has expected more from him especially that his favourite team to trash was granada while playing for sevilla
    Griezmann wasn’t that active but he made one assist.
    I’m wondering if our goal scoring ability has been raised or granada are horrible as we played the last team and the worst defence in la liga.
    In order to have the answer let us wait and see if we ll be able to trash Fc Rostov at their home.

  • Hussein Abubakr

    Carrasco had two assists as well 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Karlp

    Defensive-wise, I think this season has been the final product of Cholo’s mastermind. Concede very few goals while commit very few fault. Some weeks ago I read Atleti currently commit the fewest fault and yellow card in the league.

  • Ash

    @Ahmad Hossainy nah you forgot the very horrible thing that can possibly stop us from winning titles besides injuries and refs: P~E~N~A~L~T~Y~~~~~

  • SherbetDip

    I’m starting to sound like an advocate for Torres as this site (understandable as it’s mainly English speaking Atleti fans) seems to totally ignore some of his good work on the pitch. Didn’t he start the movement for Tiago’s goal and then it was his vision re a quick throw in that enabled Carrasco’s pass which led to the goal.

  • SherbetDip

    Apologies … I didn’t see your post … at least someone notices what others here don’t.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    No one’s ignoring his good work… what are you talking about?

  • SherbetDip

    Certainly good that some of the people commenting on here noticed, even if the writer of the match report didn’t.

  • Karlp

    thanks for the reminder of torres. Yes, torres seems a bit forgotten in the past weeks although he has played well every time he gets minutes. Very grateful for his maturity regarding this situation. No matter how good or how bad his later games will be, the day he leaves Atleti (again) will be (again) a very sad day.

  • Karlp

    thanks for the reminder of torres. Yes, he has played well every time he gets minutes. Very grateful for his maturity regarding this situation. No matter how good or how bad his later games will be, the day he leaves Atleti (again) will be (again) a very sad day.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    If you are going to give Gaitan an 8, then you have to give Carrasco a 10. I think Gaitan was an 8. Simeone (an Atleti) buying so many attacking midfielders this summer has paid off. Now lets get the treble this year. If there is a year we can do it, it is this year.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    No one is ignoring El Nino, but today was Carrasco’s day. That is all.

  • XFan

    Here’s a question. Has there been a team winning the La Liga title UNBEATEN in recent history? Because I remember we prevented Barcelona on that when we beat them 2-1 maybe about 5 years back when Forlan, Aguero and Reyes were playing

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Ok I understand now

  • Roberto

    never good to have too high expectations.

  • Othman

    also we can thank Grizi for his declaration