Saturday October 1, 2011 (19.00 UK)
A wasteful Valencia side overcame newly-promoted Granada on Saturday night thanks to a solitary goal from Sergio Canales.
The hosts dominated much of the game and had over twenty shots, but their finishing and the form of Roberto in the Granada net kept the score down.
Just minutes into the match, Pablo Piatti laid off to Canales and from 25 yards out the former Racing Santander man lashed his shot past Roberto with his left foot.
Roberto Soldado soon forced Roberto into a good save as his header from Canales’ corner looked to be going in, whilst the save was mimicked at the other end as Vicente Guaita tipped over Dani Benitez’s free-kick.
Despite the intense pressure on Granada from Unai Emery’s men for much of the match, the visitors managed a few chances as Alex Geijo just missed the target from 25 yards out and Inigo Lopez hit the bar with a header.
In the dying moments, Jonas should have put the match beyond Fabri Gonzalez’s team as the Brazilian’s shot was saved by Roberto from just eight yards out after good work by Soldado. However, the home side held on to the three points, bouncing back from their defeat at Sevilla last weekend.
Valencia (4-2-3-1): Guaita; Miguel, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu; Maduro (Albelda 75), Banega; Pablo (Jonas 4), Canales, Piatti (Feghouli 64); Soldado
Unused subs: Diego Alves, Barragan, Alcacer, Bernat
Granada (4-3-3): Roberto; Nyom, Inigo Lopez, Mainz, Guilherme (Jaime Romero 85); Mikel Rico, Fran Rico, Yebda (Uche 77); Yohan Mollo (Carlos Martins 77), Dani Benitez, Geijo
Unused subs: Julio Cesar, Ighalo, Diakhate, Abel
Did you know… This was the first match between these two sides since the Andalusian’s were reformed as Granada CF.