Spanish La Liga
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid1GranadaGranada0

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Granada CF

Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid kept themselves on course for a first La Liga title since 1996, remaining top of the table with victory against Granada.

Spain striker Diego Costa headed in the game's only goal midway through the second half as Atletico won for the fourth successive game.

Atletico's David Villa had earlier seen a header saved, while Granada's Allan Nyom saw his last-minute shot denied.

Atletico are top with 73 points, one ahead of Barcelona who

Real Madrid suffered a surprise meaning they are third in the standings, three points behind their city rivals.

With Real losing for the second successive game, Atletico's belief that they can claim a first league title in almost two decades will be growing.

Following years of Barcelona and Real dominance, Atletico have shown little sign of faltering in their challenge to redress the balance with just eight games remaining.

They have lost just twice in the league all year and that record looked unlikely to be troubled by Granada.

Atletico had the better chances throughout and were the first to threaten when Villa's inventive flick was blocked, before Arda Turan hit the side netting from the rebound.

The longer the game went without a goal, the more Granada grew in confidence. Youssef El-Arabi twice threatened to snatch a surprise lead as he first shot wide and then fired straight at Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois before the break.

The second half, though, belonged to Atletico. Villa had a header saved and Gabi smashed a fierce effort wide before Costa broke the deadlock just after the hour.

After Atletico had earned their 10th corner of the game, Costa headed in for his 24th league goal of the season.

Nyom had a chance to grab an equaliser in stoppage time but his looped effort was held by Courtois and Atletico took the points.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 22Insúa
  • 14Fernández ArenasBooked at 41mins
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 10TuranSubstituted forRibas da Cunhaat 60'minutes
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 9VillaSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 70'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forSosaat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 4Suárez
  • 6Koke
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 21Ribas da Cunha
  • 24Sosa

Granada

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Fernández Alvalleros
  • 2Nyom
  • 16AnguloBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFoulquierat 45'minutes
  • 18Iturra
  • 19CoeffBooked at 39minsSubstituted forIghaloat 81'minutes
  • 24Murillo
  • 4Rico Castro
  • 14García del Pozo
  • 9El-Arabi
  • 21Sánchez-Rico SotoSubstituted forBuonanotteat 74'minutes
  • 10BrahimiBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 1Karnezis
  • 5Mainz
  • 7Ighalo
  • 11González Benítez
  • 12Buonanotte
  • 22Foulquier
  • 28Fatau
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
41,200

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamGranada
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home14
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Granada CF 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Granada CF 0.

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    Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Recio (Granada CF).

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    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

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    Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Tiago tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

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    Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

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    Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Granada CF. Odion Ighalo replaces Alexandre Coeff.

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    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

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    Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

  17. Post update

    Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Manuel Iturra (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Attempt saved. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.