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La Liga : From Rusty Away Form to Late Glory: Atletico Steal Three Points at Granada

The winds of change finally blew through Atleti’s away fortunes as they clawed back with a late 1-0 victory over beleaguered Granada, ending a four-match road losing streak in emphatic fashion. This clash of two Álvs – Morata for Atleti and Vadillo for Granada – was a tale of two halves, with Simeone’s men struggling early before finding their teeth after the break.

Granada, battling against relegation with just two La Liga wins to their name, surprised everyone with their dominance in the opening 45 minutes. Lucas Boyé and Bryan Zaragoza tested Jan Oblak’s gloves, while Atleti looked sluggish, haunted by their away woes. The echoes of their four-match losing streak seemed to weigh heavy on every kick.

But halftime brought a dramatic shift in the tide. The introduction of Rodrigo De Paul sparked fire into the Atleti midfield, and soon their talisman, Antoine Griezmann, the club’s newly-crowned all-time top scorer, was rattling the Granada crossbar. Then, just before the hour mark, the deadlock was broken in glorious fashion. Griezmann whipped in a teasing cross, and Alvaro Morata, the Spanish sharpshooter, met it with a deft header, burying the ball past Augusto Batalla’s outstretched palms.

Granada, spurred on by the passionate roars of the Los Cármenes crowd, roared back. Bruno Méndez almost equalized from a corner, denied only by a last-ditch block from Axel Witsel. Substitute Matías Arezo also spurned a late chance, his effort sailing just off target. But Atleti, spurred by newfound energy and Morata’s clinical finish, held firm, securing a precious three points.

This victory wasn’t just about ending their away rut; it was a statement of intent. With Morata finding his scoring boots and De Paul adding much-needed dynamism, Simeone’s men could be gearing up for a late-season charge. However, their next test won’t be for the faint of heart: a trip to the Bernabéu for a mouth-watering clash with arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Granada’s woes deepen. Stuck near the bottom with just two wins and facing the league’s worst defense (only Almería have conceded more), their return to La Liga seems increasingly fraught with danger. The passion of their fans can’t paper over the cracks, and unless they find a way to rediscover their winning touch, relegation looms large.

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