He Pomegranate reached this Thursday the third qualifying round for the group stage of the Europa League by beating by 0-4 to the KF Teuta in Durres (Albania), in the rojiblancos’ first match in European competition in their history.
The Spanish team was very serious and effective in the first stop of their continental journey and fulfilled the forecasts by clearly beating a team that was much lower than the one that was useless to play at home.
Granada left the crash sentenced in the first hour thanks to the goals from Roberto Soldado, Brazilian Robert Kenedy and Venezuelan Yangel Herrera, while the ‘vinotinto’ scored again at the beginning of a second half that with the duel already decided had little history.
The technician Diego Martinez initially bet on a starting eleven with only three novelties compared to the one that LaLiga Santander started with a victory (2-0) last Saturday against Athletic Club: Víctor Díaz, the French Maxime Gonalons and Kenedy, who became the protagonist of the clash with one goal and two assists.
The rojiblancos wanted to avoid any hint of doubt from the beginning, so they went to the meeting very focused and involved, which allowed them to go 0-2 in the first ten minutes.
After a notice from Víctor Díaz and another with the head of Soldier, the veteran attacker signed the 0-1 volley when taking advantage of a perfect assist from Kenedy in an elaborate attack play by the Andalusians.
In the 0-2 there was an exchange of roles and it was Kenedy who scored after stealing a ball at the start from behind Teuta, lean on Soldado and beat local goalkeeper Stivi Frasheri in hand-to-hand.
The reaction of the Albanian team, as willful as it is limited, was nil against a Granada that almost at all times controlled the crash at will and was able to score again in a shot by Antonio Puertas before which Frasheri appeared.
After half an hour the 0-3 came from set pieces, one of the main rojiblancas weapons: Víctor Díaz sent the ball long in a free kick, Kenedy made a perfect control-pass with his chest and Yangel Herrera finished first to overcome the Albanian goal.
In the final stretch of the first half, Teuta cheered up, never disturbing the Portuguese Rui Silva but at least trying to do so with a header from Blerim Krasniqi and Asion Daja.
The second half started like the first, with a very plugged away team that only took a few seconds to score the 0-4, work again by Yangel Hererra, this time upside down, by taking advantage of the doubts of the weak local back after a long ball from Ángel Montoro.
Granada, with four goals ahead, took their foot off the accelerator and he dedicated himself to letting the minutes pass trying not to have any negative incidence, such as injuries, against a Teuta who dared to go upstairs with everything lost.
Ildi Gruda had the best scoring chance for the Albanians, who never fired between the three sticks and who played outnumbered the final stretch of the match after being sent off with a double yellow card in the 80th minute Fajban Beqja.
The duel ended with a goal disallowed to Antonio Puertas for a foul on the local goalkeeper and with Granada also playing with ten players after Kenedi retired from the field due to muscle problems and his team had already made the three changes.
The Granada will be measured next Thursday at Nuevo Los Cármenes in the next round, penultimate before the group stage of the Europa League and which will also be a single match, at Lokomotiv Tbilisi.
0 – KF Teuta: Frasheri; Fajban Beqja, Hoxha, Arapi, Kouros; Aleksi, Avdyli (Hebaj, m.55); Lorenco Vila, Emiliano Vila, Daja (Gruda, m.46); and Krasniqi (Ledio Beqja, m.68).
4 – Granada CF: Rui Silva; Víctor Díaz, Domingos Duarte (Vallejo, m.46), Germán, Carlos Neva; Gonalons, Yangel Herrera, Montoro (Fede Vico, m.58); Antonio Puertas, Kenedy and Soldado (Jorge Molina, m.46).
Referee: Willy Delajod (France). He sent off local Fajban Beqja with a double yellow card (m.41 and m.80). He also admonished the locals Daja (m.28) and Krasniqi (m.64).
Goals: 0-1, (m.5): Soldier. 0-2, (m.10): Kenedy. 0-3, (m.31) Yangel Herrera. 0-4, (m.46) Yangel Herrera.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the second qualifying round for the Europa League group stage played at the Niko Dovana Stadium in Durres (Albania) behind closed doors.