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Real Mallorca and Granada in stalemate

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By David Redshaw

Monday 09 April 2012

Real Mallorca and Granada played out a dull 0-0 draw at the Iberostar Stadium as both sides showed too much caution in their bid to climb the table.

The home side created the better opportunities in the first half and had a penalty appeal for handball against defender Guilherme Siqueira turned down on 11 minutes, while Pau Cendrós and Michael Pereira also went close, and they restricted the Andalusians to long-range efforts that Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate easily dealt with.

However, after the break Granada made more of a fist of it with Dani Benítez, playing against the club where he began his career, causing problems with his pace on the counter-attack. Odion Ighalo had a chance for the visitors after 67 minutes but was denied by Aouate, with the Israeli again having to be on hand in stoppage time to thwart Franco Jara, but a draw was more than either side deserved in what was a tedious affair.

Nonetheless, Granada boss Abel Resino declared himself satisfied with the result, particularly since two consecutive games on the road have yielded four points and two clean sheets after last week’s 1-0 away victory at Racing Santander.

“I think we have to be happy with four points from two games,” said Resino. “Right now is when we need to keep things tight, when it is more difficult to get points, because everyone naturally wants to escape trouble.

“Today we were practical but also attempted to win the game. We had some chances near the end, when other teams would have settled for what they had, but Granada is an offensive outfit and we tried until the final whistle.”

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