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New Season, New Surprises as Granada defeats Atletic Club Bilbao

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Granada finished the 2019/20 campaign running rings around Athletic Club and they have started the new season in the same way.


After winning 4-0 at home to Gaizka Garitano’s side on the final day of last season, they this time won 2-0 against the Basques to go into next Thursday’s Europa League qualifier full of confidence.

After a Yangel Herrera header was ruled out at the end of the first half for a foul by German Sanchez, Herrera did then score the opening goal of the LaLiga Santander season just after the break when he headed in an Angel Montoro cross in the 49th minute.

Just four minutes after that, the Andalusian side made it 2-0 when summer signing Luis Milla fired a shot in off the post from the edge of the area.

Inaki Williams came off the bench for Athletic Club as the visitors looked to get back into the match and the forward did hit the woodwork, but Granada were very comfortable after the second half cooling break as they nursed their lead to the full time whistle.


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Officially: Granada signs Gonalons

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Granada have officially triggered the option to buy Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons and signed a deal until June 2023 with the Frenchman.

Gonalons, capped seven times by France, moves on a €4m transfer to the La Liga club, after having spent last season at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on loan.

Granada finished seventh in La Liga 2019-20 and will play in the Europa League qualifiers next season.

Gonalons played 19 matches in the League and scored once for the club in the Copa del Rey, helping the club to the semi-finals of the competition.

“Maxime Gonalons will continue to wear red and white,” the club wrote in an official statement. “The French player, who played for Granada last season on loan from AS Roma with an option to buy, will remain at the club until 2023.”

The 31-year-old arrived at Roma from Olympique Lyonnais in July 2017, but has spent the last two season on loan at Sevilla and Granada.

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Atletico finishes 3rd as Sociedad and Granada follows up

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Granada qualified for European competition for the first time in their history after beating Athletic Club 4-0, they will be joined by Villarreal and Real Sociedad.

A late goal by substitute Adnan Januzaj handed Real Sociedad a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on the final day of the 2019/20 La Liga season as the Basque side finished sixth in the standings to secure a spot in the Europa League.

Top 4 finish: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Sevilla
The draw left Atlético on 70 points, 17 behind champions and city rivals Real Madrid and 12 behind Barcelona. They will be joined in next season’s Champions League by fourth-placed Sevilla, who beat Valencia 1-0.

Granada make history by qualifying for Europe for the first time
Granada hammered Athletic Club 4-0 to nab seventh place and a spot in the second qualifying round of the Europa League – the first time the Andalucian outfit has qualified for Europe in their history.

Needing only a point to make it into Europe next season, Real Sociedad’s dream was almost shattered when an outrageously brilliant backheel from Atleti’s Álvaro Morata teed up the ball for Koke to blast home on the half-hour mark. However, a free kick three minutes from time by Januzaj somehow flew into the net, thus securing La Real a place in Europe next season.

Roberto Soldado got Granada off the mark in the 29th minute and second-half goals from Antonio Puertas, Carlos Fernández and Ángel Montoro helped them breeze past Athletic. They finished with 56 points. Villarreal had already secured fifth place in the standings and qualification for the group stages of the Europa League, while Getafe slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Levante to miss out on Europe, finishing in eighth place on 54 points.

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Mallorca relegated after Granada loss

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Real Mallorca’s hopes of avoiding relegation from LaLiga were ended on Thursday after they were beaten 2-1 at home to Granada.

Mallorca, who were promoted last season from second-tier Segunda, join Espanyol in being relegated before the final day of the league season on Sunday.

The third spot will be taken by either Leganes or Celta Vigo.

Leganes are a point behind Celta and play at home to Real Madrid, who have already secured the title, on Sunday.

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Final score: Granada 1-2 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are one win away from winning their 34th La Liga title after beating a resolute Granada side 2-1 on the road on Monday night.

2019/2020 La Liga
1-2
D. Machís (50′)
F Mendy (10′)
Benzema (16′)


Match Events


5′ Isco’s shot was confiscated

10′ GOAL! Granada 0-1 Real Madrid (Mendy)

16′ GOAL! Granada 0-2 Real Madrid (Benzema)

37′ CLOSE! Courtois makes decent save

42′ CLOSE! Benzema’s shot parried away

50′ GOAL! Granada 1-2 Real Madrid (Machís)

85′ Ramos makes goal-line clearance

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Line-ups


Granada XI: Víctor Díaz, R. Azeez, Germán Sánchez, Fede Vico, Foulquier, D. Machís, Rui Silva, Carlos Fernández, Duarte, G.Dias, Y. Herrera

Subs: Soldado, Montoro, İ. Köybaşı, Antonio Puertas, Andorinha, Aarón Escandell, Mario Rodríguez, Y. Eteki, Carlos Neva, Antoñín Cortés, Pepe Sánchez

Real Madrid XI: Ramos, Modric, Benzema, Kroos, Courtois, Casemiro, Isco, Carvajal, Varane, F Mendy, Valverde

Subs: Bale, Hazard, Areola, Vazquez, Asensio, Militao, Brahim, Vinicius, Javi Hernández, Miguel Gutiérrez, Rodrygo, Altube.

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Granada Vs Madrid starting Xi’s revealed

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The line-ups of Granada vs Real Madrid have been announced.

Granada XI: Víctor Díaz, R. Azeez, Germán Sánchez, Fede Vico, Foulquier, D. Machís, Rui Silva, Carlos Fernández, Duarte, G.Dias, Y. Herrera

Subs: Soldado, Montoro, İ. Köybaşı, Antonio Puertas, Andorinha, Aarón Escandell, Mario Rodríguez, Y. Eteki, Carlos Neva, Antoñín Cortés, Pepe Sánchez

Real Madrid XI: Ramos, Modric, Benzema, Kroos, Courtois, Casemiro, Isco, Carvajal, Varane, F Mendy, Valverde

Subs: Bale, Hazard, Areola, Vazquez, Asensio, Militao, Brahim, Vinicius, Javi Hernández, Miguel Gutiérrez, Rodrygo, Altube

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Final score: Sociedad 2-3 Granada

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Granada pulled themselves into contention for a European spot by beating Real Sociedad 3-2 away in LaLiga on Friday, snatching all three points with a late goal after throwing away a two-goal lead.

First-half strikes from Antonio Puertas and Roberto Soldado put the visiting side in charge but Sociedad, who are also targeting a Europa League berth after missing out on the Champions League, responded well after the break.

Mikel Merino scored early in the second half before Mikel Oyarzabal equalised in the 83rd minute but there was still more drama to come and Granada defender Domingos Duarte appeared at the far post to head home the winner with two minutes remaining.

The last-gasp victory took Granada into ninth on 50 points after 35 games, one behind Sociedad who are seventh and occupy the final European spot.

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