Spanish La Liga
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid2GranadaGranada0

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Granada CF

Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic's goal was his 16th for Atletico Madrid in all competitions this season

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid returned to third position in La Liga as they defeated Granada at home.

The hosts took a 34th-minute lead when Mario Mandzukic converted a spot-kick after Abdoul Sissoko fouled Diego Godin in the penalty area.

Raul Garcia sealed the win late on when the ball bounced off his back and into the net from Arda Turan's cross.

Granada's best chance fell to Piti, but he hit the crossbar from a tight angle when the game was goalless.

But Atletico restricted their opponents to only one shot on target as they got the victory they needed to move back above Valencia, who had gone third with their 3-2 win against Almeria on Saturday.

Diego Simeone's side are now four points behind rivals Real Madrid, whom they knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres netted twice in the second leg of that last-16 tie - his first goals since rejoining the club where he began his career - but he had no chances against Granada and was substituted after 59 minutes.

However, Torres was involved in his side's first goal as his cross found Godin, who was then fouled by Sissoko before Mandzukic scored the resulting penalty.

Atletico had to wait until the 88th-minute to score a second, which came when the ball bounced off Garcia and into the net after he had turned his back on Turan's delivery.

Fernando Torres
Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was substituted after 59 minutes of the match
Atletico Madrid
Atletico's Mario Suarez congratulates Raul Garcia, who added a late second goal for the home side
Atletico Madrid
Atletico have won La Liga on 10 occasions and their win last year was their first in 18 years
Granada
Struggling Granada have only won two of their 19 La Liga matches this season

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2GodínBooked at 9mins
  • 3Siqueira
  • 10TuranSubstituted forJiménezat 90+1'minutes
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 4SuárezBooked at 27mins
  • 6Koke
  • 19TorresSubstituted forGriezmannat 59'minutes
  • 9MandzukicBooked at 73minsSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Griezmann
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Gámez
  • 23Miranda

Granada

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Olazábal Paredes
  • 2NyomBooked at 64mins
  • 6Claude Babin
  • 5Mainz
  • 17SissokoBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFoulquierat 63'minutes
  • 7Yuste Cantón
  • 16Iturra
  • 21Ibáñez CastroSubstituted forSuccessat 78'minutes
  • 10Medina Luna
  • 15BangouraBooked at 10minsSubstituted forPérez Lópezat 75'minutes
  • 9El-Arabi

Substitutes

  • 8Márquez Moreno
  • 13Fernández Alvalleros
  • 20Pérez López
  • 22Foulquier
  • 29Success
  • 32Henry Agbo
  • 33Djalo
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
42,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamGranada
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Granada CF 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Granada CF 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Success (Granada CF).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Diego Mainz (Granada CF).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl Jiménez replaces Arda Turan.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Granada CF 0. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arda Turan with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Juanfran.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces Mario Mandzukic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF).

  18. Post update

    Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nyom (Granada CF).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Granada CF. Success replaces Roberto Ibáñez.

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