Saturday September 17, 2011 (17.00 UK)
Uche 55 Nuevo Los Carmenes, Granada
Granada secured their first win in La Liga for 35 years after edging past a Villarreal side currently struggling for form. Ironically, the deciding goal was scored by Ikechukwu Uche who is currently on loan to the Andalusian side from the Yellow Submarine.
Coach Fabri Gonzalez will be happier with his team’s performance which was significantly more positive than their previous outings this season. Franco Jara and Dani Benitez impressed in particular and provided the service for Uche who was lively up front and had a couple of good chances to put the home side ahead early on.
The Nigerian striker did eventually find the back of the net 10 minutes into the second half with a well-taken header after some smart work and delivery from Benitez.
Javier Garrido had left Jonathan de Guzman and Nilmar on the bench but was forced to introduce them after the goal to try and salvage something from the game. The substitutions nearly paid off as De Guzman went close and then Nilmar controversially won a penalty. However, it was not to be for Villarreal as Guiseppi Rossi’s penalty hit the post and de Guzman somehow missed the follow-up.
The loss leaves Garrido’s side languishing in the bottom three with just a solitary point so far this season.Granada (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Nyom, Diakhate, Mainz, Siqueira; Moises, Yebda (Abel 87); Jara, Carlos Martins (Mikel Rico 69), Dani Benitez; Uche (Geijo 73)
Unused subs: Julio Cesar, Inigo Lopez, Fran Rico, Mollo
Villarreal (4-1-2-1-2): Cesar; Zapata, Mario, Musacchio, Catala (De Guzman 60) ; Marchena; Bruno, Borja Valero; Cani (Camunas 68); Marco Ruben (Nilmar 60), Rossi
Unused subs: Diego Marino, Joan Oriol, Gonzalo, Marcos Senna
Did you know…Since their promotion to the top flight, no side has won more often at the Camp Nou in the league than Villarreal [via @optajose]