Granada condemn Atletico Madrid to fourth straight loss

La Liga

Granada 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid suffered a fourth straight La Liga defeat as Diego Simeone’s side squandered an early lead away to Granada.

Simeone had never before lost four straight league matches as Atleti manager, but this performance and result highlighted the slump currently being endured by the defending Spanish champions.

It took the visitors just two minutes to open the scoring with Felix driving to the edge of the opposition box to finish calmly as Atletico Madrid looked to take an early grip of the contest.

However, Granada equalised after 18 minutes when Darwin Machis cut inside off the left wing on the counter attack and unleashed a ferocious strike which found the top corner of Jan Oblak’s net.

Felix appeared to have scored a second to put Atleti back in front just before half time only for the Portuguese’s header to be ruled out for a highly questionable foul on Machis.

Jorge Molina gave Granada the lead in the second half, with VAR used to spot that the 39-year-old was onside before sliding in to finish past Jan Oblak as Atleti were caught exposed on the break.

The defeat leaves Atletico Madrid in fifth place, 14 points off Real Madrid at the top of the table, while Granada are now up to 12th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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