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First Division - Day 36

Real Sociedad 1 - Granada 1

Real: Claudio Bravo; Carlos Martínez, Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, De la Bella; Bergara, Rubén Pardo (Elustondo 81‘); Carlos Vela, Canales, Griezmann (Agirretxe 73’); Seferovic (Chory Castro 66’). 4-2-3-1.
Granada: Karnezis; Nyom (Foulquier 82’), Ilori, Murillo, Brayan Angulo; Fran Rico, Iturra (Ighalo 82’), Recio; Riki (Buonanotte 72’), El-Arabi, Piti. 4-3-3.

1-0. 78. Vela. Connected with De la Bella cross to turn shot wide of Karnezis.
1-1. 93. Ighalo. Turned shot past Bravo after Murillo played on Foulquier pass.

Yellow cards: Riki 42’, Recio 47’, 53’, Murillo 57’, Ighalo 95’ / red cards: Recio 53’, Mikel González 55’.

Real Sociedad and Granada drew 1-1 in the Monday night game, a result which left the locals still a point or two short of tying up sixth spot, but took the visitors three points clear of the drop zone. The Basque side started strongly, Canales hitting the post with a wide free kick and Seferovic heading wide when free in front of goal. Karnezis did well to tip a long shot by Vela over the top, and although Recio went close at the other end, Canales fired in a long shot which brushed the crossbar again. Seferovic missed another easy chance shortly before half time, and Iñigo Martínez headed a corner just over the bar after the restart, but the defender was lucky not to give away a penalty when the ball hit his arm soon afterwards, Recio getting himself sent off after picking up a second booking for his heated protests. Numbers were evened up a couple of minutes later however when Mikel González was shown a straight red for a hard tackle on Iturra, and Piti almost gave the visitors the lead when his shot hit the outside of the post soon afterwards. With twelve minutes to go Vela connected with a De la Bella cross to open the scoring, but with the game in the third minute of injury time substitute Ighalo turned a shot past Bravo to level the scores, the referee waving away claims that the striker was standing in an offside position. The late goal could be enough to save the Andalusians, who have to play relegation rivals Almería and Valladolid in their last two fixtures.