Atletico Madrid grind out victory against Granada, VAR drama adds controversy

Atletico Madrid grind out victory against Granada, VAR drama adds controversy

In a La Liga clash at Nuevo Los Carmenes, Atletico Madrid managed to break their winless streak away from home and secure a crucial 1-0 win over Granada.

The game, marked by VAR controversies and late drama, showcased Atletico's resilience and determination to climb back into the top four of La Liga.

The first half saw a tense battle with both teams cancelling each other out, but it was Granada who appeared slightly more content. The breakthrough came in the second half when Antoine Griezmann delivered a precise cross to Alvaro Morata, who expertly headed the ball into the corner, putting Atletico ahead 1-0. A VAR review confirmed Morata's onside position when scoring.

Another close call followed as Nahuel Molina's cross found Saul Niguez, who buried a header into the net. However, this time VAR ruled him offside, adding to the suspense in an already intense encounter. The latter stages of the game saw Granada pushing harder, with Axel Witsel making a crucial clearance off the line, and Atletico hanging on desperately in stoppage time.

Granada's frustration peaked with a late penalty appeal for a handball from Jose Maria Gimenez, causing heated controversy. Goalkeeper Agustin Batalla expressed his disbelief, stating, "Everyone saw it, why was it not a penalty?" Granada's manager, Alexander Medina, argued that Morata's goal should have been disallowed and insisted their penalty "could have been given."

Post-match, Atletico coach Diego Simeone acknowledged the pressure on referees and defended the role of VAR, stating, "I still believe that VAR helps, although on some occasions that has not been proven. There is a lot of pressure; you have to show solidarity with the referees because it is not an easy moment for them."

The hard-fought victory propelled Atletico back into the top four of La Liga, levelling them with Athletic Club. Meanwhile, Granada finds themselves in 19th place, five points adrift from safety, reflecting the uphill battle they face in the league.

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