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First Division - Day 15

Espanyol 2 - Granada 1

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Arbilla, Colotto, Alvaro, Fuentes (Víctor Alvarez 53‘); Lucas Vázquez, Víctor Sánchez, Cañas, Salva Sevilla (Paco Montañés 74‘); Sergio García, Caicedo (Stuani 62‘). 4-4-2.
Granada: Roberto; Nyom, Babin, Murillo, Juan Carlos; Iturra (Héctor Yuste 75’), Fran Rico; Piti, Javi Márquez (Riki 56‘), Córdoba (Mainz 84‘); El-Arabi. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 34. Caicedo. Turned ball past Roberto after keeper blocked Sergio García shot.
1-1. 61. El-Arabi. Hooked shot in on far post after Piti played across Riki throw-in.
2-1. 90. Stuani. Got on the end of Lucas Vázquez centre to volley shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Cañas 19’, Juan Carlos 41’, 82’, Murillo 59’, Víctor Sánchez 71’, Héctor Yuste 83’, Piti 88’, Mainz 89’ / red cards: Juan Carlos 82’.

Espanyol are up to twelfth after a last minute 2-1 victory over Granada in this Sunday’s mid-day kick-off. The Andalusians had not won in ten games, but Kiko Casilla had to be at his best to prevent Piti and El-Arabi from scoring early on. However Víctor Sánchez brought a good save out of Roberto soon afterwards, and with ten minutes to go to the break Caicedo put the Catalans ahead, latching on to a loose ball after Sergio García’s header from a Lucas Vázquez cross was blocked. Sergio García hit the bar soon after the restart, but with an hour on the clock El-Arabi levelled the scores after Piti played across a quick Riki throw-in. The visitors were left with ten men though when Juan Carlos picked up a second booking, and Sergio García, Salva Sevilla and Colotto all went close before Stuani got on the end of another Lucas Vázquez cross to volley home a late winner. The result leaves the Andalusians just two points above the drop zone pending Monday’s match between the bottom two clubs, Deportivo and Elche.