Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid1Granada0

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

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Juanfran
  • 22Insúa
  • 14GabiBooked at 41mins
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 10TuranSubstituted forDiegoat 60'minutes
  • 5Tiago
  • 9VillaSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 70'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forSosaat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 4Suárez
  • 6Koke
  • 8Raúl García
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 21Diego
  • 24Sosa

Granada

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

Foul by Recio (Granada CF).

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

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

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

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Odion Ighalo replaces Alexandre Coeff.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

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

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

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

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

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Foul by Alexandre Coeff (Granada CF).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Diego Buonanotte replaces Riki.

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

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

Substitution

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

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

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

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

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

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

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

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.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

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.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Coeff.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Diego replaces Arda Turan.

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

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Coeff.

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