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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Granada: Diego Simeone’s men move up to second in LaLiga despite bore draw

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Granada: Diego Simeone’s men move up to second in LaLiga but miss a golden opportunity to gain ground on Sevilla and Barcelona after failing to break down the spirited visitors in a bore draw at the Wanda Metropolitano

  • Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw against Granada on Wednesday night
  • Antoine Griezmann and Co failed to make the all-important breakthrough
  • But Atletico have still moved above Sevilla and Barcelona into second in La Liga 

Atletico Madrid missed a golden opportunity in the battle for second place in LaLiga after they were held to a goalless draw by lowly Granada at a half-empty Metropolitano Stadium on a cold and rainy Wednesday in the Spanish capital.

Atletico trail leaders Real Madrid by 14 points following another frustrating match, a week after they were knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by Manchester City.

Diego Simeone’s side are one point ahead of Barcelona in third and fourth-placed Sevilla, who both play on Thursday and could leapfrog Atletico.

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Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw in their clash with Granada on Wednesday night

The team that finish second qualify for the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia next January.

Missing several starters due to injury and suspension, such as striker Joao Felix who will miss the rest of the season with a muscle injury, Atletico created few chances and rarely troubled Granada goalkeeper Luis Maximiano.

Atletico appealed vehemently for a foul inside the area by Victor Diaz on Antoine Griezmann in the first half, but it was not spotted by referee Jesus Gil Manzano and the video assistant referee did not intervene.

The home side came closest to breaking the deadlock in added time when striker Matheus Cunha expertly controlled a clever pass inside the box, but his effort crashed against the left post.

‘We are very angry and frustrated,’ Atletico’s Rodrigo de Paul told Movistar Plus.

The Spanish champions were unable to break down a resilient Granada side on the night

The Spanish champions were unable to break down a resilient Granada side on the night

Diego Simeone's men still moved up into second place in La Liga despite the stalemate

Diego Simeone’s men still moved up into second place in La Liga despite the stalemate

But they would have been hoping to return to winning ways after their Champions League exit

But they would have been hoping to return to winning ways after their Champions League exit

‘We tried until the end but things never went our way, we know that it was important to win to finish the season in second place. Now we will have to try to rescue the points in the coming weeks.’

Only six points separate Atletico from Real Sociedad in sixth as the battle to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification intensifies.

The Basque side, who are unbeaten in their last five games, host Barca on Thursday.

Real Betis, fifth on 57 points, also stumbled, losing 1-0 to lowly Elche on Tuesday. Coach Manuel Pellegrini decided to rest almost all his usual starters as they prepare to face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Instead they were unable to breach the Granados backline on a disappointing night in Madrid

Instead they were unable to breach the Granados backline on a disappointing night in Madrid

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