La Liga: Granada 1 – 2 Atlético Madrid

Atleti need 2 penalties to take the 3 points home

2 goals from the spot gave Atleti the 3 points  (

2 goals from the spot gave Atleti the 3 points

Atlético had a tough 90 minutes at Los Cármenes. With a massive 68% possession, Granada looked the better team and the runners-up in La Liga struggled to get a result.

After a 5-0 win at home last weekend, los Rojiblancos looked determined to take home three points at Granada with Diego Costa and Villa leading the attack with Koke and Adrián on the wings in a 4-4-2 formation.

The game started well with a great run from Diego Costa to keep a ball in at the home side’s end, but his effort resulted in nothing.

From then on Granada looked the better team. Two tackles by Godin and a hand ball in the 11th minute gave Granada the opportunity to create danger in the box.

A free kick resulted in a corner and Courtois had to save a shot from close range when our defence was unable to clear the ball.

Granada kept attacking and putting high pressure on their visitors, which resulted in what Atlético has always been good in.

A nice one-time four-pass counter attack reached Juanfran who crossed the ball onto the head of Diego Costa, but Roberto was able to save our ‘Beast’s’ attempt. Some minutes later, two identical free kicks resulted in nothing and a headed goal by Miranda was correctly ruled offside.

Granada, still the better footballing team, got behind when Villa was pushed over in the box in the 36th minute. Diego Costa calmly converted the penalty which gave a morale boost.

A few minutes later, Adrián shot just wide after a nice one-two at the edge of the penalty area.

In the second half, Granada continued to ply high up the pitch which resulted in more counter attacks, but our strikers were not effective enough.

Costa’s centre didn’t reach Villa, another one of his shots went straight to the keeper and Juanfran’s crosses and Koke’s passes did not reach the freshly converted Brazilian-to-Spanish international.

In the 68th minute, a second penalty was awarded to Atleti.

Villa was sent forward in the box and was brought down when he tried to put the ball on his left foot. Villa converted the penalty himself and Atleti were leading 2-0. Atlético are now the team with most penalties in favour (five) in La Liga this season.

Granada kept searching for a goal but none of their shots were on target. Raúl Garcia almost made it 3-0, but his shot was well-saved. Filipe controlled the rebound with his arm, got a second yellow card and had to leave the pitch.

Some minutes later the home side was able to take advantage of their extra man and were able to beat Courtois into stoppage time with a header. The three point are safe in the bag and will be taken to Madrid though, and the Colchoneros remain second in the league trailing Barcelona by only one point.

Granada Atlético
Granada 12 Atlético
Ighalo 92Diego Costa (pen.) 38
 David Villa (pen.) 78
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Nuevo Los Cármenes
Date 31 October 2013
Kick Off 2100

Team Lineups

Jeison Murillo
Recio (67)
Fran Rico
Pereira (78)
Brahimi (61)
Substitutes used
Riki (67)
El-Arabi (78)
Buonanotte (61)
Filipe Luis
Mario Suárez
Koke (92)
Adrián (70)
Diego Costa
David Villa (85)
Substitutes used
Insua (92)
Raúl Garcia (70)
Tiago (85)

Match Stats

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  • Chewie

    Disappointing game, pleasing result, Costa was almost useless and Villa made the day.

  • pantic#10

    Costa deserved a hat-trick, Roberto did 2 great saves on Costa.
    Villa confirmed the good performance of 3 days ago.

    Granada did a very good match, but we have the 3 points and that’s the most important thing.

  • AndersAT

    Actually i don’t think the game was as bad as you make it out to be. It’s right that they had the ball way more than us, but we looked way more dangerous (6:1 shots on target). In away games we always pull back and wait for the counter-attack. Good job from Villa, but Costa looked a bit tame. It was a OK game, but we should have converted more chances to goals, and the passing game was not the best.

  • Jeronamo

    I expected it to be like this. Granada can be a complicated hurdle especially when they press like that but we grinded out the result. About the passing game, I also expected this because we didn’t have the type of player on the field to really hold up the ball or make those more than often deadly passes, no diss to koke but when it’s only him as a creative force its more difficult because its easier for the opposition to target him. But on to the next game

  • piserakos

    Win is a win that what is matters most… I don’t think we had a bad (away) game. But some of our ‘stars’ had a poor game.
    1. Koke who had his worst game this year yestarday(in my opinion of course)
    2. Costa who couldn’t finish two huge chances
    3. Gabi-Mario also had a poor game
    so we can be glad that Villa is back and he had a great game… that was an atleti’s away game we gave them the ball and we counter-attacked so that was ok.. that which made the game difficult was the extra passion that our opponents had i’ve never seen Granada want a game that much and that is obvius from their fans reaction, their couch and of course as I said the too much passion the had.. that made me wonder why?? do we have a rival against them and I didn’t knew that?? anyone can answer?

  • Chewie

    Maybe because they lost 10 consecutive games to Altletico or failed to score in last five games.