Atleti drew 1-1 away at Granada on Saturday in a hard-fought match. Lodi scored his first goal at our club.
We enjoyed a strong start to the game, collecting big chances inside the first five minutes. First Vitolo and Correa were close to opening the score, and then Morata headed a Trippier cross, forcing the keeper to make a save. Our team pressed high up the pitch, forcing most of the game to be played in Granada’s own half. Vitolo had another chance after the 20-minute mark which was saved by Rui Silva. The Spaniard was set up by Morata later on, but the keeper saved again. The home side proved to be a tough side to crack, and Simeone’s men were unable to take the lead in the first 45 minutes.
We kept pushing after the break, trying to unravel Granada’s defence. Our coach made a move bringing on Lemar for Correa, and our persistence paid off just as we reached the hour mark. Herrera provided a wonderful assist for Lodi, and the Brazilian finished in style to score his first goal in Red & White. Our joy didn’t last long, though, as the hosts equalised through a Germán header. It was tough to take, but Atleti had 20 minutes to take the lead again. Simeone reacted as Llorente made way for Joao Félix, who returned following a month on the sidelines. Morata had another good chance, but he struck over the crossbar following a cross from Lodi. We pushed more and more, with our full-backs bombing forward, and Simeone brought on yet another striker in Darío Poveda, who made his first team debut after coming on for Vitolo. The Spaniard had a massive chance in stoppage time after Trippier set him up in style, but the striker was unable to convert after he claimed to have been pushed by a defender. Our team attacked until the very last second, but Granada defended themselves well and the match ended in a draw.