Atletico Madrid’s La Liga leaders survived conceding a second-half equalizer to score again and defeat Granada on Saturday 2-1 away from home to get back to winning ways and pull clear at the top of the standings by eight points.
In the 63rd minute, Marcos Llorente put Atletico in front with a low finish from the edge of the city, but the joy of the visitors was short-lived as Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera equalized following a corner for Granada three minutes later.
After Monday’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta, Atletico was on course to lose points for a second consecutive game, but they reclaimed the lead in the 75th thanks to a heavily deflected effort by Argentine forward Angel Correa.
After 21 games, Diego Simeone’s side went on to 54 points, eight ahead of second-placed Real Madrid and a game in hand.
“He said: “When we come to Granada, it’s always hard, they’re a patient team who know what they do. There were moments in the first half when it looked like we might damage them and we were stronger in the second half. In the middle, Koke gave us fluidity.
We found our game, on the right in particular. Since Granada is competitive, we suffered until the end.
Match-winner Correa said, “We knew we had to keep our composure in the area, we were creating a lot of chances and we knew the goal was going to arrive sooner or later,”
We had our last game drawn and we wanted to get three points against a strong team, so we’re very glad to leave here because we just did that.
“All we can do is focus on ourselves and think about improving because today we conceded another goal and we have to try and stop that happening.”