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 beat Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Sevilla, 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.

Atletico Madrid's remaining games

  • 29 March v Athletic Bilbao (a)
  • 5 April v Villarreal (h)
  • 13 April v Getafe (a)
  • 19 April v Elche (h)
  • 27 April v Valencia (a)
  • 4th May v Levante (a)
  • 11 May v Malaga (h)
  • 18 May v Barcelona (a)

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.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 22 Insúa
  • 14 Gabi Booked
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 10 Turan (Diego - 60' )
  • 05 Tiago
  • 09 Villa (Raúl García - 70' )
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 11 Rodríguez (Sosa - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 04 Suárez
  • 06 Koke
  • 08 Raúl García
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 21 Diego
  • 24 Sosa

Granada CF

  • 13 Fernández Alvalleros
  • 02 Nyom
  • 16 Angulo Booked (Foulquier - 45' )
  • 18 Iturra
  • 19 Coeff Booked (Ighalo - 81' )
  • 24 Murillo
  • 04 Rico Castro
  • 14 García del Pozo
  • 09 El-Arabi
  • 21 Sánchez-Rico Soto (Buonanotte - 74' )
  • 10 Brahimi Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Karnezis
  • 05 Mainz
  • 07 Ighalo
  • 11 González Benítez
  • 12 Buonanotte
  • 22 Foulquier
  • 28 Fatau
Ref: Juan Martínez Munuera
Att: 41,200

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

5 0

Corners

14 4

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +2:58 Full time

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

90:00 +2:01

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

90:00 +2:01

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

90:00 +0:28

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

89:20

Foul by Recio (Granada CF).

89:20

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

88:50

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

86:40

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

85:18

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

85:18

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

80:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Odion Ighalo replaces Alexandre Coeff.

79:45

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

79:01

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

78:42

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

77:43

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

77:43

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

75:53

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

75:53

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

75:07

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

74:23

Foul by Alexandre Coeff (Granada CF).

74:23

Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Diego Buonanotte replaces Riki.

72:44

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

72:44

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

72:03

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

69:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces David Villa.

69:13

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

66:27

Riki (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:27

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

65:42

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Diego Costa tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

63:44

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

63:44

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

62:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, Granada CF 0. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Sosa with a cross.

62:00

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

60:42

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Sosa with a cross.

60:23

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Coeff.

59:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Diego replaces Arda Turan.

58:48

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

58:32

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Coeff.

57:38

Attempt blocked. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tiago.

55:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Cristian Rodríguez.

54:42

Attempt missed. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

54:18

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

54:18

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

53:03

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Coeff.

51:31

Attempt saved. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Insúa with a cross.

47:38

Attempt missed. Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Fran Rico with a cross following a corner.

47:03

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Miranda.

47:02

Attempt blocked. Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fran Rico with a headed pass.

46:31

Foul by Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF).

46:31

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

45:59

Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:59

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Dimitri Foulquier replaces Brayan Angulo.

45:00

Second Half begins Atlético de Madrid 0, Granada CF 0.

45:00 +0:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Granada CF 0.

43:23 Booking

Booking Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:18

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

43:18

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

42:35

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

42:33

Attempt missed. Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Youssef El-Arabi following a fast break.

41:47

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Coeff.

41:43

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

40:54 Booking

Booking Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:48

Riki (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:48

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

40:23

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Fran Rico.

39:46

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Riki.

39:44

Attempt blocked. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:40 Booking

Booking Alexandre Coeff (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:32

Foul by Alexandre Coeff (Granada CF).

38:32

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

37:15

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

37:15

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

36:43

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Roberto.

35:55

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi.

34:08

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Miranda tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

32:44

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

32:19

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Brayan Angulo.

31:32

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fran Rico with a cross following a corner.

31:01

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Juanfran.

30:59

Attempt blocked. Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:05

Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:05

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

28:08 Booking

Booking Brayan Angulo (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

27:51

Hand ball by Brayan Angulo (Granada CF).

26:45

Hand ball by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

26:03

Foul by Recio (Granada CF).

26:03

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

21:10

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Diego Costa.

20:11

Foul by Fran Rico (Granada CF).

20:11

Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:43

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristian Rodríguez.

14:56

Attempt missed. Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cristian Rodríguez with a headed pass following a corner.

14:27

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Nyom.

12:41

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

12:41

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

11:55

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. David Villa tries a through ball, but Emiliano Insúa is caught offside.

9:35

Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:35

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

9:03

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

9:01

Attempt saved. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

6:50

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

5:46

Attempt blocked. Riki (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssef El-Arabi.

2:22

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

2:22

Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:39

Attempt blocked. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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