The Pomegranate consolidated its leadership in group E of the Europa League, with seven points in three games, when they beat Omonia Nicosia 0-2 this Thursday in a match in which they were far superior.
The goal in the early stages of the match by Venezuelan Yangel Herrera paved the way for the Pomegranate, who certified his victory in the second half with a goal from the Colombian Luis Suarez before a Cypriot team that he was left with ten players in the 41st minute after the Slovakian Michal Duris was sent off for a double yellow card.
The absence of Spanish coach Diego Martínez, that he had to stay at his home confined after an inconclusive result of COVID-19, and at the last minute of the attacker Antonio Puertas for symptoms also compatible with the coronavirus, did not prevent the Spanish team from offering a good image and being very recognizable from the start of the game.
In fact, in his first approach he scored 0-1, in minute 4, with a hard shot by Yangel Herrera that surprised Brazilian goalkeeper Fabiano Ribeiro.
Granada was clear dominator of the first half against a rival crouched behind and that he barely had the ball, and enjoyed several more occasions to extend his advantage.
Yangel Herrera sent out a shot by very little in another clear option to score coming from behind and Fabiano later showed off against tight shots of the Colombian Luis Suárez and the Venezuelan Darwin Machís.
Omonia Nicosia, who requested a penalty for a fall in the area of French Eric Bautheac against Carlos Neva, he was outnumbered in the 41st minute when he saw two yellow Duris cards.
The script did not change in the second half, although it took more work for Granada to penetrate the well-equipped defense of the Cypriots, who with one less player on the field barely left their own field.
The goal of tranquility for the rojiblancos came in the 63rd minute and marked the debut as a scorer with Luis Suárez’s Granada, who arrived at the same time as Fabiano on the ball after a pass into space by Luis Milla and He took advantage of the ball hitting his body after the Brazilian goalkeeper touched it before.
Granada, despite having a couple more good chances in the following minutes, relaxed with the 0-2 and Portuguese Rui Silva had to do two great saves against Brazilian Thiago Dos Santos to avoid both the locals, grown in the final minutes, in two clear options to score.
– Data sheet:
0 – Omonia: Fabiano; Hubocan, Luftner, Lang, Lecjaks; Vitor Gomes, Jordi Gómez (Shehu, m.46), Tzionis (Thiago, m.72); Bautheac (Asante, m.46), Papoulis (Kousoulos, m, 46) and Duris.
2. Granada: Rui Silva; Pepe (Henuén Pérez, m.89), Domingos Duarte, Germán, Carlos Neva; Gonalons, Yangel Herrera (Yan Eteki, m.89), Montoro (Luis Milla, m.46); Kenedy (Alberto Soro, m.75), Machís and Luis Suárez (Jorge Molina, m.75)
Goals: 0-1, M.4: Yangel Herrera. 0-2, M.63: Luis Suárez.
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia). He expelled the local Duris by double yellow card (m.30 and m.41). He also admonished the local Lang (m.84) and the visitor Carlos Neva (m.35).
Incidents: Match of the third day of group E of the Europa League played at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia behind closed doors.