The Grenade is very much alive in the fight to avoid relegation after thrashing this Saturday 2-6 at Majorca in Son Moix and come out of the last positions in an intense game, with a lot of physical wear and tear on a playing field turned into a cauldron by almost 19,000 fans of the Balearic team who saw their dream of approving permanence with a victory frustrated.
The Nasrid group was a compact block, with hardly any cracks. He hit almost every time and when he didn’t, it was luck on his side to ruin any hint of reaction from the Majorca Mexican Javier Aguirre, who suffered his first defeat at home on the bench.
Neither the hustle and bustle in the stands nor the return of Kosovar striker Vedat Muriqi nor the Majorcan players’ commitment to a more offensive system were able to break the faith of the team from Aitor Karanka.
Neither with the enormous scoring ability of the veteran Jorge Molina, author of a brace and two assists. He came off the bench and his help was decisive for his team to come out of relegation.
To the Majorca it all went wrong. Not even the top scorer of him, Vedat Muriqiwho reappeared after serving a penalty, was able to find loopholes in the visiting defense.
The magic of the Japanese were not enough either Take Kubo and the strength of Ghanaian Idrissu Baba in midfield to find the solution to the puzzle posed by Granada Aitor Karanka.
The Majorca had thoroughly prepared to celebrate the third victory in Palma with Aguirre on the bench, after the wins against Atletico Madrid and Alaves. But the party ended in sports tragedy.
He rehearsed the ‘final’ anticipated by the permanence on the field of play and in the acts prior to the clash. The Balearic club lowered the price of tickets, distributed free paellas and gave away 10,000 flags to fill the stands.
The public responded, but his team was not up to the task. He did not know how to find the formula to impose himself on a seasoned rival.
The early riser goal of the Colombian Luis Suarez (min. 6) altered all the coordinates of the clash and forced the Majorcan players to redouble their efforts to level the score.
The 0-1 rewarded the best away game in the first few minutes. The local defense was soft in allowing Suárez’s free shot after several rebounds from a corner kick.
The Majorca he stretched his lines, even at the cost of leaving spaces for the dangerous counterattacks of a brave Granada, who supported Suárez with a line of three formed by Puertas, Collado and Machís.
When it was not possible to see how the Balearic attack would prosper, Salva Sevilla emerged. The man from Almería, a 38-year-old veteran with many football battles behind him, interpreted like no one else an assist from Vedat Muriqi to tie the game with an unstoppable right to Maximiano.
The shock grew in intensity – the vermilion Raillo and Maffeo they saw the yellow card – and the ball circulated with speed from one side of the game rectangle to the other.
At minute 42, Burgos Bengoechea canceled a goal by Pablo Maffeo due to the advanced position of the Majorcan winger, as was evident in the images of the play.
The second part was crazy. In 9 minutes three goals went up to the scoreboard, two of the Grenade (Escudero and Puertas) and one from Mallorca (Raillo) when they lost 1-3 and tragedy was brewing in Son Moix.
The Mallorcan stadium was a cauldron pushing his team to draw when another veteran of Spanish football, Jorge Molina40, beat Sergio Rico with a shot hit the goal post on loan from PSG. Then he closed the scoreboard demonstrating his innate goalscoring conditions.
Molina, who had replaced Luis Suarezwas also the author of a triplet in the victory of the Granada team in the first round.
Aguirre and Karanka They moved the bench to face the final stretch. The South Korean Kang In Lee, Antonio Sánchez and Ángel joined Mallorca; Molina, Gonalons, Uzuni, Sánchez and Arias, in Granada.
The Nasrid team took full advantage of their rival’s defensive weakness. He scored 6 goals in five shots on goal, the last three, the work of Molina (2) and Uzuni, in the midst of enormous disappointment in the stands that was evident with a large part of the fans leaving the field with many minutes to go. and without faith in the comeback.
The Grenade wins the first final for permanence, comes out of relegation and leaves the Majorca in a critical situation, especially because of the bad image it gave in a clash that was decisive for its interests.
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