Va­len­cia de­feat lowly Granada 4-0 in Span­ish league

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Two goals in each half gave Va­len­cia a 4-0 win over rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Granada in the Span­ish league on Mon­day.

Granada had man­aged to slow the host’s pace in the first half un­til Javier Fuego rose to head in from a cor­ner in the 26th minute.

An­to­nio Bar­ra­gan earned a penalty for Va­len­cia when he kicked the ball be­tween Diego Mainz legs and was then ob­structed by the Granada de­fender in the 38th. Daniel Parejo con­verted the penalty.

Va­len­cia kept at­tack­ing and Al­ge­ria mid­fielder Sofi­ane Feghouli fired in a hard shot in the 85th af­ter an as­sist from Al­varo Ne­gredo.

Ne­gredo headed the fourth in­side the far post in the 88th.

“We’re happy be­cause our re­sults at home are work­ing out frankly quite well,” said Va­len­cia cap­tain Daniel Parejo. “It was a tough match be­cause there was a lot at stake for Granada. But we fo­cused on our ob­jec­tives and if we main­tain this, we’ll end up in the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son.”

Granada is sec­ond to last, six points from safety, while Va­len­cia is in fourth place, two points ahead of Sevilla.

Va­len­cia in­creased the pres­sure on goal­keeper Roberto Fer­nan­dez af­ter the first goal, forc­ing him to make a se- ries of saves, although Granada could have equal­ized from a cor­ner in the 36th.

Granada de­fender Emanuel In­sua was taken off on a stretcher in the 54th af­ter twist­ing his right an­kle badly while mak­ing a left-footed clear­ance. He was sub­sti­tuted by Luis Martins.

“We knew they were a very good team and we hung on for 25 min­utes, but af­ter their first goal we un­der­stood it was go­ing to get much more dif­fi­cult,” said Granada mid­fielder Daniel Can­deias. “Now we have to think of our next match at home against Es­panyol. We need to get the three points and win all our re­main­ing games this sea­son.”

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