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First Division - Day 37

Valencia 1 - Granada 0

Valencia: Guaita; Joao Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu, Guardado; Albelda (Canales 55'), Dani Parejo; Jonas (Tino Costa 88'), Banega, Bernat (Cissokho 65'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Granada: Roberto; Nyom, Diakhaté, Mainz, Siqueira; Recio, Mikel Rico; Torje, Buonanotte (Aranda 75'), Nolito (Brayan Angulo 86'); El-Arabi (Ighalo 72'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 59. Soldado. Steered header past Roberto from Joao Pereira cross.

Yellow cards: None.

With one day to go the fourth Champions League spot is still open, Valencia moving a couple of points above their only rival Real Sociedad after they beat Granada 1-0. With a losing head-to-head record against the Basques, Ernesto Valverde's side need to finish ahead of their rivals on points, and Soldado in particular caused a few problems for Roberto early on. However the Andalusians also wanted a result to ensure their place in the top flight for another season, and Nolito went close with a wide free kick before the break. Jonas and Mathieu tried their luck after the restart, and with an hour on the clock Soldado took advantage of Roberto's indecision to head Joao Pereira's cross past him for the opener. The visiting keeper did well to save from Jonas and Banega after that, and Nolito was unlucky to be pulled up for offside near the end. But Granada relaxed as results elsewhere confirmed their safety, and the Ches ran down the clock to tie up the three points.