Three days after the win against Espanyol, it was time for a re-match at the Wanda Metropolitano. Without Felipe and Kondogbia, suspended, and without the injured Lemar and João Félix, who joined the injured Herrera and Giménez. Six absentees for which Simeone had called upon the reserve team, with Serrano in the starting eleven as a novelty, as well as Hermoso in the centre of the defence and Correa up front alongside Griezmann. The team came out with force, pressing and owning the ball. Granada, with a 4-2-3-1 formation, played with their lines close together and closing down spaces.
It took a quarter of an hour for the first dangerous move to arrive. It was a corner kick taken by De Paul that Hermoso headed over the crossbar. The away team tried on the counter-attack and Machis tried from outside the area but his shot was saved by Oblak. In the 20th minute, Llorente broke down the right and crossed inside the area for Koke to play the ball to De Paul. From the halfway line of the area, he fired a low shot that was saved by Maximiano.
After the break, Simeone decided to bring on Vrsaljko and Luis Suárez in an attempt to play more down the flanks and get balls into the box. And that's how the second half started, with a pass from Correa to Griezmann on the edge of the area, which the Frenchman headed and the ball went just wide of the post. And in the 50th minute, a pass from Llorente to Correa with the latter's shot deflected by a defender for a corner.
The team was pinning Granada back in their own half and the danger was reaching Maximiano's goal. In the 59th minute, a pass from De Paul to Suárez was passed to Carrasco but his shot was deflected for a corner by a defender. In the 88th minute, a corner taken by De Paul was headed just wide by Savic. A minute later it was Cunha, from Carrasco's pass, who hit the post. It would be the clearest of the match to have achieved a victory that seemed fair from what was seen on the pitch.