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Spanish Primera BBVA

Nuevo Jose Zorilla Stadium (ATT 16,000) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: M Perez Lasa

Valladolid Real Valladolid vs Granada Granada

Valladolid 1

Manucho (63)


Manucho strike sinks Granada

Last Updated: 24/11/12 7:58pm

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Manucho: Scored the winning goal

Manucho: Scored the winning goal

Real Valladolid stretched their unbeaten home run in the Primera Division to six games as Manucho's second-half strike secured a 1-0 victory over Granada.

The Angolan had come close to breaking the deadlock in the first half with an overhead kick but made no mistake just after the hour when he was played in by Oscar Gonzalez and sent a fierce shot beyond Tono into the top corner.

Tono then did brilliantly to deny the former Manchester United striker a second moments later, but Granada could only force Dani Hernandez into one simple save from Floro Flores in their search for an equaliser as they remained just a point above the relegation zone.

Valladolid coach Miroslav Djukic had called for his side to be more lethal on home soil before the match and they controlled the game impressively without ever hitting top gear.

Indeed it was the visitors who had the better of the chances early on as Mikel Rico headed over from Dani Benitez's corner before Gabriel Torje flashed a shot just wide.

Valladolid grew into the game as the half wore on but Manucho just could not keep his acrobatic effort down as he swivelled to connect with Omar Ramos' cross.

The hosts started much the brighter in the second half, though, and after Patrick Ebert had pulled a shot just wide from the edge of the area they went in front as Oscar's fantastic pass split the Granada defence and Manucho showed great poise to fire across Tono and into the far corner of the net.

The goalkeeper then produced the save of the match to turn Manucho's downward header to safety from another Omar cross, but the introduction of Flores briefly gave the visitors the impetus.

The Italian should have done better when he shot into the side-netting 20 minutes from time and then could not make a powerful enough contact on Benitez's cross-cum-shot to trouble Dani, but Granada failed to muster another clear opening in the final 15 minutes as Valladolid held on to move back into the top half of the table.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
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1 Barcelona 33 81
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Atletico Madrid 33 72
4 Sevilla 33 66
5 Valencia 32 65
6 Villarreal 33 53
7 Malaga 33 47
8 Athletic Bilbao 33 46
9 Celta Vigo 33 42
10 Espanyol 33 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 33 41
12 Real Sociedad 33 39
13 Getafe 33 36
14 Elche 33 34
15 Levante 33 32
16 Eibar 33 31
17 Almeria 33 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 33 29
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 33 20