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Atlético Madrid-Granada CF: as it happened

Simeone's legion of Mattress Makers kept the pressure on Barça with a 3-0 win at the Calderón over a spirited Granada side. Atleti are now second in the table with 76 points.

Update:
Group hug after Angel Correa makes it 3-0.
GERARD JULIENAFP

Full-time: Atlético 3-0 Granada

Simeone's men nudge Real Madrid off second place and (temporarily at least) pull level on points with Barcelona at the summit of the Spanish top flight. Koke got things rolling in the first half after latching onto a loose ball in the box, and Torres and Correa put the game out of their opponents' reach after the break. The defeat leaves Granada perilously positioned in 17th place, just one point above Sporting Gijon.

Min 90 + 1 | How did that stay out! Rochina sends a rocket of a shot goalwards from distance, Doucoure swings a back heel at the incoming missile in attempt to stir it past Oblak but instead sends it whizzing past the post and wide.

Min 88 | As things stand, Barça's lead at the top of the table is solely head-to-head related.

Min 85 | This game is done and dusted now. Granada have acquitted themselves well and can perhaps feel hard done by with the scoreline but Atlético at the Calderón is a tall order for any team.

The Argentine goes it alone, getting in behind the Granada back line, opening up his body and calmly slotting past Fernandez into the bottom-right corner.

Min 81 | GGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Second time's a charm for Correa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Min 78 | With the centre of park a forest of midfielders, neither side is able to get a foothold of the ball. A pass eventually makes its way forward to Correa, who tries to find the target inside the box but sends his shot closer to the corner flag than the back of the net. 

Min 75 | Cholo decides to take off Koke and bring on Oliver Torres. The evening's deadlock breaker is applauded loudly by the supporters in the Calderón.

Min 72 | Barral draws another foul, this time forty yards out, and once again Atleti swat away the danger.

Min 71 | A sub substituted. Mikel Rico comes on for Foulquier. 

Min 69 | David Barral wins a free-kick on the byline after confusing two Atleti defenders with some fancy footwork, however, the resulting set piece amounts to nothing as the home side clear their lines.

Min 68 | The Spanish striker runs back on after receiving the magic sponge.

Min 65 | Rochina, holding his lower back like a woman about to go into labour, has to come off the pitch to receive medical attention. 

Min 62 | And with a two-nil deficit to overhaul, González swaps Krhin for David Barral.

Min 62 | Griezmann is taken off and replaced with Correa. Forlan's record is safe for now.

Gabi feeds finds a channel between the two Granada centre backs and sends through El Niño, who accelerates past his markers before beating the onrushing keeper with a deft dink finish. That's six goals in nine appearances for Torres.

Min 58 | GGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! FERNANDO TORRES!!!!!!!!!

Min 57 | Little in the way of action so far in the second half. The two well-drilled midfields are cancelling each other out.

Min 55 | Simeone makes his first change, taking Carrasco off and bringing Augusto on.

STAT: Should Griezmann get on the score sheet today he would become the first Atlético Madrid player since Diego Forlan to net in eight consecutive league games (2009).

Min 52 | Atleti are showing a bit more intent now as they go in search of a second. Torres and Griezmann are seeing more and more of the ball but the visiting back line is holding up well.

Min 50 | Gabi is booked for a late challenge on Doucoure.

Min 48 | As expected Miguel Lopes was taken off at the break. Foulquier is elected to fill in for the injured 29-year-old.

Min 47 | The third yellow card of the evening is brandished. Biraghi is booked for protesting.

Min 46 | Granada tip off to get the second half started. Simeone kept his team talk brief, sending his charges out of the dressing room a good three minutes before their designated 15-minute break was over.

Half-time: Atlético 1-0 Granada

Not exactly a vintage performance by the home side but they lead nonetheless. Koke opened the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when the ball fell kindly to him in the box. After that though Granada began to dictate the flow of the game. The Andalusians were able to expose a few cracks in the middle of the park and came close to equalising through a wonderful Rochina long-range effort. Granada racked up six shots before the break, while the Mattress Makers could only manage four.

Min 45 | The ref decides against injury time and the teams make their ways down the tunnel.

Min 42 | The Granada medical staff attempt to allivate the Portuguese defender's pain with some magic spray but looking at him limping back onto the field, it appears that he has a dead leg.

Min 40 | Miguel Lopes hits the deck and can be heard yelping in pain on the sideline following a mid-air clash with Lucas Hernández.

Min 38 | Penaranda is shown a yellow card for deliberately handling a Doucoure pass.

STAT: The revolving door policy at Los Carmenes has seen Granada appoint seven different managers since Atlético replaced Gregorio Manzano, who José González worked under at Beijing Guoau, with El Cholo.

Min 33 | Granada have been hassling the Champions League semi-finalists for the past few minutes. Every ball is being chased down by González's men and, having started so well, los rojiblancos are struggling to find their flow now.

Min 29 | Ruben Rochina cracks a peach of a shot off the post. The 25-year-old cuts onto his left on the edge of Atléti's box and lets rip only to be denied by Oblak's goal frame. The hosts breathe a sigh of relief.

Min 28 | A nice sweeping move from the guests ends with Penaranda trying his luck with a through-the-laces strike from the right, but the Venezuelan skews his shot wide.

Min 27 | Doucoure goes in the book for petulantly kicking the ball away after conceding a free kick for pulling down Saul.

Min 22 | Another Koke corner finds the forehead of Godin but once again the Uruguayan, whose shiner is looking slightly less swollen four days on from Luis Suárez's feisty elbow, fails to find the target.

STAT: Since appointing Diego Simeone in December 2011, Atlético have only conceded one goal against Granada in eight games (7 wins, 1 draw).

Min 18 | Miguel Lopes gets ideas above his station, attempting a pile driver from 35 yards out that goes high and wide.

Min 14 | Lucas cuts a diagonal ball back to El Niño whose meek effort is blocked out by Costa, but the ex-Liverpool striker's team-mate is at hand to pounce on the loose ball and then fire home.

Min 14 | GGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Koke!

Min 12 | Granada have been giving a good account of themselves up until now. Atleti not having too much joy in their efforts to find Griezmann and Torres up front.

Min 9 | With Wednesday night's Champions League exploits still fresh in the collective memory, the Calderón faithful are in party mode this evening. Even a counter-attack by the visitors that sees ex-Barça man Isaac Cuenca whip a dangerous pass towards Oblak's near post does nothing to sap the buoyant spirit in the stands.

Min 7 | Godin rises higher than everyone else to attack a corner kick but can't make a clean connection with the ball and the set piece amounts to nothing.

Min 5 | Juanfran finds a back-to-goal Griezmann in the six-yard box but the Granada defensive is quick to swarm all over the Frenchman before he has a chance to look up.

Min 2 | Koke almost forces the scoreboard operator into work early. Gabi fizzes a ball across the box from the right and La Liga's top assist making midfielder fires his first-time effort over the upright.

Min 1 | Eduardo Prieto gets the action underway...

Fresh off the back of sending Barcelona crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, Atlético Madrid are back in action at the Calderón where they face 17th-placed Granada.

Los Rojiblancos were knocked off second place by Real Madrid yesterday and will be eager to leapfrog their cross-city rivals today as they keep up the chase with Barcelona for the league title.

Since losing away to Betis, José González's side have picked up four draws on the trot, a string of results that has so far kept them on the right side of the relegation zone dividing line.

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