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Played
October 31, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 16125‎
 
90′ Ighalo
Diego Costa 38′ (PG)
 
David Villa 78′ (PG)
Top of the Match
Manuel Iturra
Manuel Iturra
Ciudad de Murcia
David Villa
David Villa
Atletico Madrid
Flop of the Match
Adrián
Adrián
Atletico Madrid
Dimitri Foulquier
Dimitri Foulquier
Ciudad de Murcia

Granada 1-2 Atletico Madrid: Costa and Villa on the spot for Rojiblancos

The strikers bagged a penalty in either half before Ighalo netted a late consolation, ensuring Diego Simeone's side moved back to within a point of league leader Barcelona

By Rob Nichols

Iturra Diego Costa Granada Atletico de Madrid La Liga 31102013
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A penalty each from Diego Costa and David Villa saw Atletico Madrid earn a 2-1 win over Granada on Thursday night.

The strikers scored from 12 yards in each half to secure maximum points for the visitors despite Ighalo's late consolation, with the hosts left to rue their profligacy in front of goal as they suffered a second consecutive home defeat in La Liga.

No team in Spain's top flight has scored fewer goals than Granada, but it began the match by far the more threatening of the two sides, with Manuel Iturra in particular causing problems for Diego Godin and Co.

Once again though, Granada couldn't turn possession into goals, and late on in the first half it was a clumsy challenge from captain Diego Mainz on Villa which gave Costa the chance to open the scoring, and the striker - who this week affirmed his desire to play for Spain - duly buried the spot-kick.

From that point, Atletico seized control of the game and midway through the second half, the team made its pressure tell. A swift counterattack led to another trip on Villa, and the veteran striker made no mistake as he converted the penalty.

Granada mounted a late assault on goal and Ighalo turned home a cross as the clock ticked over into stoppage time, but ultimately to no avail.

Tempers flared after the final whistle as Costa tangled with Iturra as the teams departed the pitch, but Atletico's 10th win in 11 games is all that will matter to Diego Simeone, as his side moved back to within one point of Liga leader Barcelona.

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Ciudad de Murcia

13
Roberto
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Allan Nyom
Defender
46′ 90′
3.00
5
Mainz
Defender
2.50
-
3.00
-
Murillo
Defender
77′
3.00
4
Fran Rico
Midfielder
2.50
20
Yacine Brahimi
Midfielder
61′
2.50
45
Recio
Midfielder
67′
2.50
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
4.00
7
Michael Pereira
Midfielder
78′
2.00
7
Ighalo
Striker
90′
3.00

Atletico Madrid

3.00
13
3.00
2
2.50
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
65′ 90′
3.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
34′
3.50
23
Miranda
Defender
3.00
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
3.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
93′
2.50
14
Gabi
Midfielder
2.00
7
Adrián
Striker
69′
3.50
9
3.50
19

Substitutes

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-
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-
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Hassan Yebda
Midfielder
 - 
-
2.50
15
 - 
-
Riki
Striker
67′
 - 

Substitutes

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35
Yassine Bounou
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
22
 - 
5
Tiago
Midfielder
85′
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
69′
 - 
19
Guilavogui
Midfielder
 - 
-
Oliver Torres
Midfielder

Coach/Manager

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2.50

Coach/Manager

3.50
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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
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  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0