May 11, 2021

Granada awakens from sleep at Old Trafford

Víctor Diaz, against Greenwood in a Manchester United-Granada action.

Víctor Diaz, against Greenwood in a Manchester United-Granada action.

Cut off the Manchester United the hopes of grenade to continue to fatten up your European adventure. A goal from Edinson Cavani at the start of the game and another from Vallejo’s own goal in the discount, diluted the dream of the Andalusians, who fell on their feet at Old Trafford (2-0).

The 0-2 that the Spaniards dragged in the first leg was too big a slab for a Granada that met with Cavani’s lace at six minutes. In a three-touch play, Alex Telles put the ball into the box, Paul Pogba combed it head-first and Cavani, unopposed, had time to drop it and shoot with his left foot.

The bad news got worse when Maxime Gonalons had to go away in pain, Jorge Molina entering his place, but Granada remained alive, perhaps not in the tie, for which they needed three goals, but in the match, in which they did not lose face.

Although United was always the one that generated the most danger every time Bruno Fernandes reached the front, Diego Martínez’s men contained the English and prevented them from having a feast. Nor did the Andalusians go crazy looking for a comeback that was almost impossible. De Gea was hardly disturbed on a couple of occasions.

Aware of the superiority of the ‘Red Devils’, Granada held the type and forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men not to relax. Even Germán, the captain, was able to draw the tie in a shot at the turn that had nailed De Gea.

With the meeting already asleep, although there was Threat of tangana in an entrance from Herrera to Fred, there was time to return to the playing fields Juan Mata, who had not played since February 21.

The Spanish midfielder came in with 20 minutes remaining and helped United to anesthetize the game and close their place in the semifinals of the competition, leading to a 2-0 header for United, converted by Vallejo into an own goal.

Granada leaves the Europa League after passing the group stage eliminating PAOK Salónia and Omonia, and after beating Naples and Molde in the crossings. His best participation in Europe closes in the Theater of Dreams, the best possible stage, and against a rival from the history and greatness of Manchester United. The dream ends, but the memories remain.

2 – Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Williams, m.82), Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Telles; Matic, Pogba (Van de Beek, m.46), Fred; Fernandes (Mata, m.73), Greenwood (Traoré, m.82) and Cavani (James, m.60).

0 – Granada: Silva; Neva (Díaz, m.74), Sánchez (Pérez, m.82), Vallejo, Foulquier; Gonalons (Molina, m.32), Herrera, Montoro; Machís, Kenedy (Puertas, m.46) and Soldado (Suárez, m.46).

Goals: 1-0. Cavani, m.6 and 2-0. Vallejo, pp, m.90.

Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU) admonished Pogba (m.17) by the locals and Soldado (m.20) and Sánchez (m.61) by the visitors.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa League played at the Old Trafford stadium (Manchester) behind closed doors.


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