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LaLiga: Atletico Madrid take eight-point lead at league high with slim Granada win

Barca, third and 11 factors behind the leaders, face Alaves at dwelling in a while Saturday earlier than Actual Madrid host Valencia on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa (second left) celebrates after scoring a aim in opposition to Granada FC on Saturday. AFP

Madrid: Atletico Madrid made a second straight La Liga leap on Saturday, passing Granada 2-1 to take an eight-point lead on the high of the desk.

After drawing a house draw in opposition to Celta Vigo on Monday, Diego Simeone’s facet bought again on monitor with a slim victory at Los Carmenes, secured by fortuitous second-half winner Angel Correa.

There was additionally a touch of luck in Granada’s equalizer, with Yangel Herrera’s shot deflecting Marcos Llorente, who himself had put Atletico forward simply three minutes earlier.

Barca, third and 11 factors behind the leaders, face Alaves at dwelling in a while Saturday earlier than Actual Madrid host Valencia on Sunday.

“An important factor in the present day was the preventing and the power of the workforce,” Simeone stated afterwards.

On the full-time whistle, he clenched his fists and sprinted down the tunnel, his reduction evident on the finish of a sport that might simply have seen extra factors misplaced for his workforce.

Granada has been one of many tales of the season, occupying eighth place below Diego Lopez after being promoted two years in the past, and so they have been removed from outscored by La Liga favorites.

Suarez had scored in six of the earlier seven video games, however for as soon as the 34-year-old was not the winner, with Llorente and Correa – two unsung heroes this season – as an alternative proving the distinction.

Llorente’s aim was his seventh of the season whereas his layoff for Correa was his sixth help.

“As coaches the trophies are great as a result of they fill you with pleasure and glory,” Simeone stated of Llorente. “However if you work with a footballer and watch him develop up, you get much more pleasure and pleasure to maintain doing what you do.”

Suarez got here closest to giving Atletico the lead when his shot into the bottom flew and grazed the crossbar simply after half-time.

Poor management by the Uruguayan on the again submit noticed one other probability go begging, however Llorente took over, biting by means of the appropriate and capturing along with his left foot inside the closest submit.

It was the primary of three targets in 11 minutes, as Herrera equalized quickly after.

Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco and Saul Niguez have been each responsible of sunshine challenges in opposition to Jorge Molina, who struggled to maneuver the ball within the path of Herrera, whose arrival hit Llorente and slipped.

However eight minutes later Atletico have been within the lead once more, the ultimate shot taken by Correa, after one other good job from Llorente. Correa slipped by means of house into the zone, his pushing effort leaping from Jesus Vallejo and looping into the far nook.

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