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Spanish Primera BBVA

El Sadar (ATT 13,427) 18th August 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: J Gonzalez Gonzalez

Osasuna Osasuna vs Granada Granada

Osasuna 1

P Punal (57)

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Granada 2

Y El Arabi (38)
H Yebda (45+2)

Granada kick off with a victory

Last Updated: 18/08/13 10:25pm

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Youssef El Arabi: On target for Granada

Youssef El Arabi: On target for Granada

Granada got their Primera Division campaign off to the best possible start with a nervy 2-1 win at Osasuna.

In a match between two teams who narrowly avoided the drop last season, the visitors seized the half-time initiative with goals from Youssef El Arabi and Hassan Yebdi.

Francisco Punal then replied for Osasuna before Piti missed a penalty for Granada, but Lucas Alcaraz's men held on for an opening win.

Osasuna threw down the gauntlet to their opponents in the first minute, with Alvaro Cejudo's left-footed drive forcing an early save from goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.

Granada responded with Dani Benitez and El Arabi both firing narrowly wide, but chances then dried up and the crowd had to wait until 21 minutes before Joan Oriol tried his luck for Osasuna, although his 20-yard strike cleared the top of the net.

Both teams continued to pick away and Brayan Angulo was almost rewarded for his efforts after 36 minutes when the Granada defender drilled left-footed over the bar.

Instead it was team-mate El Arabi who struck the first blow two minutes later, latching on to Allan Nyom's cross before dispatching a low shot beyond home goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.

Yebda then doubled the lead on half-time, heading in Benitez's cross from the right by-line to further strengthen Granada's grip on the match.

Osasuna emerged after the interval still rattled from events and almost paid the price within three minutes of the restart when Fernandez was forced to tip another El Arabi effort round the post.

Yet they showed signs of recovery when Punal pulled a goal back after 57 minutes. Sisi Gonzalez's cross was cleared by Manuel Iturra but fell kindly for Punal, who smashed the ball into the bottom left corner from 20 yards.

Granada were then gifted the chance to restore their two-goal advantage eight minutes later when Oriol handled the ball in the area. Piti stepped up to take the spot-kick but struck his shot straight at Fernandez, who palmed the ball away.

It was a big let-off for Osasuna and they should have capitalised after 68 minutes but Alejandro Arribas' powerful header was pushed round the post by an agile Roberto.

The stage was set for a tense finish with Osasuna throwing everything at their opponents, but the closest they came to an equaliser was Sisi's stoppage-time strike which was swept clear by the visiting defence.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25

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