Adams gets off to losing start at Granada
Tony Adams’s first game as coach of Granada ended in disappointment last night as visitors Celta Vigo ran out 3-0 winners in their La Liga match.
The result leaves the Andalusians 19th, on 20 points from 32 games and still seven points from safety after 17th-placed Leganes lost 1-0 at home to Espanyol earlier in the day thanks to Leo Baptistao’s 92nd-minute goal.
Granada have not won a league game since March 1st and former England and Arsenal captain Adams promised when he was appointed last week that he would “try to achieve a miracle”.
His new charges, however, created few chances against the Galicians who made 10 changes to the first-choice side that start- ed their Europa League quarter-final first-leg win over Genk on Thursday.
Granada’s defence fell to pieces for Celta’s opening goal in the 23rd minute, with keeper Guilhermo Ochoa rushing out of goal to head a clearance to Wakaso Mubarak, who lost the ball. Claude Beauvue fed Jozabed, who dinked the ball over Ochoa.
Marcelo Diaz doubled the visitors’ lead with a spectacular free kick in the 73rd minute and three minutes later Beauvue netted the third, firing home after Theo Bongonda’s shot came back off the post.
Also yesterday, Valencia held fourth-placed Sevilla to a 0-0 draw at Mestalla, while Real Betis beat Eibar 2-0.
On Saturday, Barcelona kept up the pressure on LaLiga leaders Real Madrid ahead of El Classico with a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp, where Lionel Messi scored twice. After losing away to Malaga last weekend, Luis Enrique’s team — who were also beaten by Juventus in their midweek Champions League quarter-final first leg — could not afford another slip if they were to stay within striking distance of their title rivals.
Barcelona looked to be on course for a routine victory when Messi cracked in the opening goal from 25 yards after 17 minutes, before adding a somewhat fortunate second when the ball rebounded in off his trailing leg. However, Sociedad, still chasing the European places, reduced the deficit through an own goal by
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, but Paco Alcacer quickly restored the advantage for the hosts. Xabi Prieto’s neat finish in stoppage-time, though, did set up a tense second half with
Earlier, a last-minute goal from Isco had seen a much-changed Real side battle to a 3-2 victory at Sporting Gijon. Real had to work hard for their victory, with manager Zin- edine Zidane having opted to make some nine changes from the midweek Champions League win over Bayern Munich, including resting Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Croatian forward Duje Cop volleyed Sporting into the lead on 14 minutes, only for Real to hit back quickly when midfielder Isco fired the ball into the top corner.
Mikel Vesga’s looping header put the hosts back in front at the start of the second half. Zidane’s men, though, where level again just before the hour when Alvaro Morata nodded in at the back post. Just when it looked like Sporting would hold on for a point, Isco drilled a low shot into the bottom left corner area to keep Real in charge at the top of the table.
Tony Adams: His Granada side lost 3-0 to Celta Vigo in his first game in charge