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Atletico slip behind Barca with yet another draw

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Atletico slip behind Barca with yet another draw
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Granada v Atletico Madrid - Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, Granada, Spain - November 23, 2019 Granada and Atletico Madrid players jostle for positions during a corner kick REUTERS/Jon Nazca   -   Copyright  JON NAZCA(Reuters)

GRANADA (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid lost ground on leaders Barcelona as they were held 1-1 away to Granada on Saturday for a seventh draw in 14 La Liga games.

Diego Simeone’s side went ahead on the hour mark through Brazilian leftback Renan Lodi but lost their lead soon after when Granada’s German Sanchez outjumped his marker Hector Herrera and sent a header crashing into the net.

Simeone brought on record signing Joao Felix in search of a winner but his side barely managed to test Granada’s keeper Rui Silva in the closing stages, although they were denied a penalty appeal when substitute Dario Poveda was felled in added time.

The draw keeps Atletico third in the standings on 25 points, three behind leaders Barcelona who beat Leganes 2-1 and have a game in hand, while Real Madrid are second on 25 and have two games in hand.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; editing by Tony Lawrence)