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Spanish Primera BBVA

(ATT 15,000) 18th May 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Granada Granada vs Osasuna Osasuna

Granada 3

Y El Arabi (23)
G Siqueira (pen 80)
D Buonanotte (90+3)


Osasuna 0

Nano (S/O 79)

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Crucial win for Granada

Last Updated: 18/05/13 10:20pm

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Granada won 3-0

Granada won 3-0

Granada took a huge step towards securing their La Liga future with victory over fellow strugglers Osasuna on Saturday night.

Granada edged the encounter in every department but the lead given to them by Youssef El Arabi's 23rd-minute goal was being increasingly tested until the decisive incident in the 79th minute, when Fernando Nano felled Yacine Brahimi in the penalty area.

Nano saw red and Guilherme Siqueira's cheeky dinked penalty wrapped up three vital points, before Diego Buonanotte added an exclamation mark late on.

The win sends Granada seven points clear of the relegation zone before 18th-placed Deportivo La Coruna face Espanyol tomorrow. If Depor fail to win that match, Granada will be safe.

The hosts certainly earned their lead as they enjoyed much the better of the first half.

Emiliano Armenteros and Diego Mainz both went close with headers inside the opening two minutes, while Carlos Aranda had the ball in the back of the net in the 13th minute, only to be denied by an offside flag.

Aranda should have opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he broke the offside trap but he tried to go around the goalkeeper, pushed the ball too far and fired into the side-netting.

However, they were ahead moments later with a fortunate bounce freeing Siqueira on the left to cross for El Arabi to tuck home.

Nolito's ambitious effort was beaten away by Andres Fernandez as they went for a second, while at the other end Roberto Fernandez used his feet to deny Miguel De las Cuevas from close range.

Granada continued pushing after the break but El Arabi and Nolito both squandered chances.

The longer the game went on the more Osasuna became a force, particularly on the counter-attack, and Francisco Silva went close with a cross-shot on the hour mark.

Granada continued to commit men forward and it almost paid off when fine work from Yacine Brahimi set up a crossing chance but El Arabi could only find the side-netting under pressure.

Osasuna then struck the crossbar with a fine effort from De las Cuevas from 20 yards, but it was as close as they came as their hopes were effectively ended 11 minutes from time.

El Arabi latched on to a long ball over the top and the substitute Nano came in late with a desperate last-ditch tackle which only earned him an early bath and Granada a penalty.

Siqueira chipped it home as Fernandez went the wrong way and Buonanotte wrapped it up with a fine third in injury time, cutting in from the right and finishing from the edge of the area.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 15 35
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Sevilla 15 30
5 Valencia 15 28
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 15 20
9 Eibar 15 20
10 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
11 Espanyol 15 17
12 Rayo Vallecano 15 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 15 14
15 Levante 15 14
16 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
17 Granada 15 12
18 Cordoba 15 11
19 Almeria 15 10
20 Elche 15 10