Álvaro Morata’s second-half header secured a 1-0 win for Atletico Madrid against Granada in LaLiga on Monday. Despite an uninspiring performance, Atletico climbed to fourth place in the league, with their first away win since October.
In the 55th minute, Antoine Griezmann provided a cross for Morata to head past Granada’s goalkeeper, Augusto Batalla. Initially ruled offside, a VAR check confirmed Morata was marginally onside, granting Atletico the lead. Midfielder Saul Niguez also scored a similar goal later, but this time VAR upheld the referee’s decision despite a close call.
Diego Simeone’s side now has 41 points, just three behind third-placed Barcelona. The LaLiga leaders, Girona, top the table with 52 points, one ahead of second-placed Real Madrid, who have a game in hand.
Refereeing decisions and VAR played a role in the match, with Granada’s players upset over a potential handball not given as a penalty. Simeone acknowledged the close calls, emphasizing the complexity of plays in football.
Morata’s goal, his 13th of the season, proved decisive for Atletico, moving him level with Borja Mayoral in the LaLiga scoring charts. Despite missed opportunities, including a late chance by Angel Correa, Atletico secured a crucial victory and a spot in the top four of LaLiga.