Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López,
Forlín, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila; Víctor Sánchez
(Petrov 55'), Raúl Baena; Stuani, Verdú, Wakaso; Sergio
Granada: Roberto; Nyom, Diakhaté, Mainz, Siqueira; Iriney, Mikel Rico; Torje (Juanma Ortíz 74'), Brahimi (Ighalo 66'), Nolito; El-Arabi (Aranda 82'). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 37. Nolito. Struck free kick over defensive wall in off the crossbar.
Yellow cards: Roberto 45', Capdevila 83'.
Granada reacted quickly to wins by relegation rivals Celta and Zaragoza this weekend, a 0-1 victory at Espanyol on Sunday lunchtime taking them two points clear of the bottom three. The Andalusians found themselves in next to bottom spot before kick-off after only picking up three draws from their last nine games, and they were up against a team with ambitions to reach the European places. It was a fairly dull contest though, with chances few and far between before Nolito got what was to prove the only goal with a free kick from left of the area which went in off the crossbar. The second half mirrored the first (except for the goal!), the only real chances a couple of efforts by Stuani which Roberto kept out, and a shot or two by Nyom which didn't really trouble Kiko Casilla. Three vital points for Lucas Alcaráz's side though, and the home fans criticised Espanyol's lack of ambition.