Having suffered their first league defeat of the season in their last away game at Valencia, Atlético returned to winning ways on the road, condemning Granada to a third straight home loss.
Gabriel Torje struck the post for the hosts following a swift counterattack in the first period, but Arda Turan turned in Koke’s cross at the back post to notch the only goal in the 61st minute. Diego Simeone’s side then held on for the points, despite having Mario Suárez dismissed with 19 minutes to play.
Levante took advantage of Málaga’s draw on Saturday as they won 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruña to go fourth. Obafemi Martins and José Barkero scored the goals, while both sides ended with ten men after Pedro López and Deportivo keeper Daniel Aranzubia were dismissed in the second half.
Sevilla took the bragging rights in the Seville derby, beating Real Betis Balompié 5-1 to move seventh, within a point of their city rivals. Things started terribly for Betis, conceding within the first 20 seconds to José Antonio Reyes, before Federico Fazio doubled the lead after five minutes. Both goalscorers grabbed a second and Ivan Rakitić added a fifth late on.
Elsewhere, Getafe struck twice in four second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Real Valladolid 2-1 while Celta de Vigo and Mallorca drew 1-1.