European Roundup: Atlético Beaten by Granada

If you love to watch football live events and everything there is in the football world, then the recent match of Atlético Madrid should have never gone past your radar. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Atlético Madrid went on the road to Granada and came away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

Within two minutes, Atlético had taken the lead with Joo Félix’s low strike from the opposite flank, but Granada evened 15 minutes later through Darwin Machs’ long-range effort. Cutting in from the left, the Venezuelan winger beat Jan Oblak with a shot that went in off the post.

After a VAR review, the hosts took the lead halfway through the 2nd half when Jorge Molina defeated Oblak with a cross. Atlético failed to score a second goal despite the heroics of the indomitable Félix and suffered their worst league match since Simeone took over as manager ten years ago.

A sensational finish

People who love to analyze football for a living will be glad to know that Athletic Bilbao defeated Real Madrid 2-1 to move up to fifth place, 17 points behind the top. 2 goals in the first seven minutes from Karim Benzema helped despite the absence of 8 players because of the COVID-19 crisis, Carlo Ancelotti’s team moved 8 points ahead at the summit.

In the 4th minute of the game, the French forward scored his 400th professional goal. Another goal from Benzema, who capitalized on a defensive blunder to net his fifteenth league goal of the season, came just three minutes after that. In the 10th minute, the hosts got one back through Oihan Sancet, but Real fought on to win.

The 10-man Paris Saint-Germain team was able to salvage a point at lowly Lorient thanks to Mauro Icardi’s stoppage-time header in Ligue 1. In the absence of injured Neymar and suspended Kylian Mbappé, PSG lacked motivation until Thomas Monconduit put the hosts ahead five minutes before halftime.

The rundown

Although Messi got a save out of Lorient goalkeeper Paul Nardi throughout the 81st minute, PSG was doomed to defeat five minutes later as the halftime substitution Sergio Ramos was sent over collecting his 27th red card of the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s team remain 13 points clear of the competition after Mauro Icardi scored from Achraf Hakimi’s cross.

Nice moved up to a second position with a 2-1 home victory over Lens, thanks to goals from Justin Kluivert and Mario Lemina. Marseille drew 1-1 with Reims thanks to Dimitri Payet’s late penalty conversion, while Kevin Volland scored the game-winning homeball goal for Monaco in their comeback victory against Rennes.

Montpellier improved their chances of finishing in the top four with a 4-1 win over Angers at home, while Lille, the defending champions, moved up to the eighth place with a 3-2 win over Bordeaux thanks to a Jonathan David injury-time goal. Saint-Étienne, who is now in last place in the French league, lost a heartbreaking match against Nantes thanks to a late goal from Randal Muani.

Denzel Dumfries’ lone goal in Internazionale’s 1-0 triumph over Torino extended their unbeaten record in Serie A to seven games. After just 30 minutes of play, the defender scored his second goal in as many games, coolly finishing a counterattack that began on the brink of the Inter box.

Despite a spirited effort by Torino, who had Sasa Lukic’s free-kick saved by Samir Handanovic, Simone Inzaghi’s side held on for a 6th straight league clean slate at San Siro.

Impressive roundup

Chelsea moved up to second place in the table with a 4-2 victory over Empoli on Sunday. Stefano Pioli’s team scored twice in the 1st half through Franck Kessié and Nedim Bajrami. Two goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Theo Hernandez helped Empoli take the lead before Cutrone nailed the woodwork.

Spezia defeated Napoli 1-0 in a shootout, continuing Napoli’s losing streak at home. The visitors didn’t have a single attempt on goal. The home team fell behind early on thanks to an own goal by Juan Jesus, then had two more goals overturned before hitting the crossbar late in the game.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was left disappointed by Sampdoria’s 1-1 tie at Roma thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini’s equalizer for the visitors.

Francesco Acerbi, Francesco Acerbi, Pedro, and replacement Luis Alberto scored as Lazio beat Venezia 3-1 to go up to ninth in Serie A. Aaron Hickey’s stunning long-range strike gave Bologna the ผล บอล สด over Sassuolo, while Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli snatched a point with a frantic overhead kick in Verona.

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