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(ATT 16,000) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

Granada Granada vs Real Madrid R Madrid

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C Ronaldo (og 23)

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Dream start for Alcaraz

Last Updated: 02/02/13 11:27pm

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Ronaldo's own goal was the only score

Ronaldo's own goal was the only score

New Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz enjoyed a dream first game in charge as his side pulled off a shock victory over Real Madrid at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.

Alcaraz took over this week following the sacking of Juan Antonio Anquela, who left with the club in 17th place in the standings, two points above the relegation zone.

Osasuna's win over Celta Vigo earlier on Saturday meant Granada had dropped into the bottom three by kick-off, but they climbed out again thanks to an own goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema's horrible miss six minutes from time summed up a poor evening for Madrid, who struggled to create many clear-cut chances throughout the game.

The only goal of the game came after 22 minutes when Alvaro Arbeloa turned a dangerous cross from Carlos Aranda behind for a corner.

Gabriel Torje swung in a dangerous delivery towards the near post and the ball skimmed off Ronaldo's head as he tried to clear and into the far corner.

Things were not going much better for Ronaldo at the other end of the pitch either, with nothing coming from two of his trademark free-kicks.

The first was fired wide and the second straight into the wall as Real rarely threatened to find an equaliser.

It was no surprise that manager Jose Mourinho made two changes at the interval, with Benzema coming on for Sami Khedira and Jose Maria Callejon replacing Gonzalo Higuain.

Benzema almost got on the end of a good Ronaldo cross after 55 minutes, while the former Manchester United man then sent a weak shot trundling straight at goalkeeper Antonio Tono.

But proof that it was not going to be the away side's night arrived just before the end when Benzema embarrassingly side-footed wide when it looked easier to score after Callejon's shot had been well saved by Tono.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22