Atletico back on title march at Granada | Ralph-Lauren

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Marcos Llorente and Angel Correa got Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid back on the winning path, providing the goals in their 2-1 victory at Granada.

The three points came after Atletico had stumbled on their path towards a first league title since 2014 when their eight-game winning streak was ended by a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo.

The hard-fought win at Granada saw Atletico, who’ve lost only once in 21 league games this season, increase their lead over title holders Real Madrid to eight points with a game in hand.

They prevailed while still without forwards Joao Felix, Thomas Lemar, Moussa Dembele, and midfielder Hector Herrera, all confined because of coronavirus infections.

Yet Granada stymied the visitors’ attack until Llorente struck in the 63rd minute from the edge of the area for his eighth goal in all competitions this season.

Yangel Herrera equalised three minutes later after Atletico’s only defensive error when they failed to clear a corner kick.

But Correa put the front-runners back on top in the 75th with a shot that took a deflection off defender Jesus Vallejo before the ball looped over goalkeeper Rui Silva and fell into the far corner of the net.

“Coming off a draw, we were extra motivated to get this win,” Correa said.

Luis Suarez, who leads the league with 16 goals, had Atletico’s best chances before Llorente’s opener. The former Barcelona striker volleyed a pass by Correa against the crossbar just after halftime.

Meanwhile, strugglers Elche have been left without a manager after coach Jorge Almiron resigned following his side’s 3-1 defeat at Celta Vigo on Friday.

The Argentine announced he was leaving in the post-match news conference, after his team’s winless run was extended to 16 games, leaving them second-bottom in the standings.


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