(EFE) – Atlético de Madrid met again this Saturday with the victory to continue as the outstanding leader of LaLiga Santander, by imposing its effectiveness in the Nuevo Los Cármenes and winning 1-2 against Granada, which has five games without beating, with so many in the second part of Marcos Llorente and the Argentine Ángel Correa.
After an even first hour of the match, in just a quarter of an hour Marcos Llorente put the visitors ahead on the scoreboard, the Venezuelan Yangel Herrera equalized for the Grenadians and the visitors clung to their greater efficiency so that the Argentine Ángel Correa signed the 1 -2 fortunately, when he touched the ball in Jesús Vallejo at the edge of the last quarter of an hour.
Atlético de Madrid coach, Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, had Víctor Machín ‘Vitolo’ dismissed at the last minute due to acute gastroenteritis, and introduced two changes in his eleven compared to the last match against Celta, with the entry of Mario Hermoso and the Belgian Yannick Carrasco after both overcoming the coronavirus.
Granada, which, as the mattress team faced the confrontation quite diminished by casualties, was subjected in the first minutes by an Atlético who came out to the game in a dominating plan and who was able to score soon in a counterattack ended by Correa, who ran into the good stop of the Portuguese Rui Silva.
He replicated the local team with a shot from Jorge Molina, cleared with one foot by Brazilian Felipe Monteiro, and with a header from Germán Sánchez after a corner kick that was about to end in goal.
Despite the fact that Granada balanced the visitor’s initial dominance with a higher pressure, the first two occasions of Uruguayan Luis Suárez arrived, but in the first he narrowly sent a placed shot away and ran into the good save of Rui Silva in the second .
Equality was maintained in the final stretch of the first half, with the two teams canceling each other and also being unable to take advantage of their options from set pieces.
Atlético de Madrid, who left Frenchman Geoffrey Kondogbia in the locker room for the Croatian Sime Vrsaljko to enter at halftime, repeated the script for the first half in the second half, with a great staging exemplified in an acrobatic shot by Luis Suárez that repelled the crossbar of the local goal.
Granada responded with a very distant volley from the Cameroonian Yan Eteki who went off course, with a center shot from the Venezuelan Darwin Machís that forced the Slovenian Jan Oblak to intervene for the first time in the game and with a bad shot from Jorge Molina, despite the fact that he was in a good position to score.
The duel entered its last half hour with the teams looking at each other from you to you, alternating control of the game and looking for ways to break the good defensive network of the rival.
The visitors almost achieved it in an elaborate set-piece action that Luis Suárez could not finish successfully when he seemed to have everything in his face to score.
Yes, he did it in the 63rd minute, Marcos Llorente, who reappeared to unbalance in favor of his own a game that was closed with a powerful left-foot from the front of the area that Rui Silva touched but without being able to prevent it from becoming the 0-1.
The reaction of the Andalusians was instantaneous, since only three minutes later Yangel Herrera, who had only been on the field a few minutes, caught an assist from Jorge Molina after a corner kick to sign the tie.
Atlético, who only made one change in the game, took the lead again in the 74th minute another action started by Marcos Llorente on the right wing that ended with a shot by Correa that touched Vallejo to poison himself and become the 1-2.
Granada went up in the final minutes to try, at least, to equalize the score again, although their resource of hanging balls in the area did not work and Atlético did not struggle in the epilogue to defend the three points that keep them as outstanding leader.