La Liga: Granada 1 – 2 Atlético Madrid
Atleti need 2 penalties to take the 3 points home
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.
|Ighalo 92||Diego Costa (pen.) 38|
|David Villa (pen.) 78|
|Nuevo Los Cármenes|
|31 October 2013|
|David Villa (85)|
|Raúl Garcia (70)|