La Liga: Atlético 3 – 0 Granada
Atlético put pressure back on Barca with comfortable win at the Calderón
Atlético moved level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday evening, after a 3-0 win against Granada at the Vicente Calderón.
Goals from Koke, Fernando Torres and Ángel Correa were enough to take all three points from the relegation candidates, in a match where Atlético Madrid rarely got out of third gear.
The visitors were desparate for a result at the Calderón, and hovering just a single point above the relegation zone, they wasted little time in attacking the Atlético goal.
Fernando Torres gave the ball away after a poor touch, and Granada broke on the counter attack. Jan Oblak had to get down low to turn the resulting cross behind for a Granada corner.
Atlético should have had the lead just after the first minute of the match, but Koke couldn’t get his shot on target after Juanfran did well to spot him making a late run into the Granada area.
However, Koke didn’t miss on his second attempt, and buried the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Lucas, playing at left-back in place of the suspended Filipe Luís, did well to get himself in a dangerous position and cross into the box. Fernando Torres’ shot was blocked but it bounced into the path of Koke, who got himself over the ball and drilled it home.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, and Rochina came close to equalising not once, but twice for Granada. The first shot flew narrowly wide of Oblak’s goal, whilst the second was a thunderous effort from outside the area. The Atlético goalkeeper could only watch as the ball crashed off of the post and out.
Atleti had scored fifteen minutes into the first half, and fifteen into the second they had doubled their lead, to take some of the pressure of of the team.
Yet another Koke pass put Fernando Torres through on goal, before El Niño lifted the ball cooly over the diving Andrés and into the back of the net. 2-0 to Atlético, and Torres fourth goal in his last four games.
Óliver made his first appearance since early March later with quarter of an hour to go in the match, whilst Ángel Correa was called upon to provide some respite for Antoine Griezmann.
It wasn’t long before the young Argentinean was on the scoresheet himself, busting the offside trap and running through to slip a third goal past Andrés Fernández.
The match didn’t pass by without Granada having their chances. Rochina was again the main threat but his shot late in the game flew wide of Oblak’s goal after a deflection from one of his own team-mates.
Atlético ran the game out and will be delighted with three goals, and all three points. Level at the top on points with Barcelona, the attention turns now to the Camp Nou where Valencia are the visitors to play the Catalans.
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|17 April 2016|