Atlético Madrid 3-0 Granada CF

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Fernando Torres has scored seven goals in his last 12 appearances in all competitions

Atletico Madrid maintained the pressure on Barcelona in the La Liga title race with a comfortable win over Granada.

Koke drove in the opening goal from 12 yards after Fernando Torres’ shot had been blocked.

Former Blackburn Rovers forward Ruben Rochina hit the post for Granada before half-time, but Torres then ran on to Koke’s pass to double Atletico’s lead.

Substitute Angel Correa sprinted on to Saul’s flick to slot in a late third for Diego Simeone’s side.

Fernando Torres’ goalscoring run suggests he is returning to the form he showed at his peak with Liverpool

The result moved Atletico level on points with Barcelona, who are at home to Valencia in a later kick-off; Granada remain one point above the relegation zone.

Simeone’s team secured a first clean sheet in four La Liga matches, meaning they remain on course to beat the all-time competition record for the fewest goals conceded in a season.

Atletico have let in 16 league goals this season; the record low is 18, achieved by Deportivo La Coruna in 1993-94.

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