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Granada wins to nearly secure topflight Spain spot

Granada wins to nearly secure topflight Spain spot

Granada practically secured its place in the Spanish first division for next season with a 2-1 victory over Espanyol on Tuesday, while recently relegated Racing Santander salvaged a 1-1 draw at Getafe for its 19th straight game without a win.
Odion Ighalo scored a pair of first-half goals to give Granada control at its Carmenes Stadium before Didac Vila gave Espanyol hope when he surprised goalkeeper Julio Cesar with a long-range shot in the 54th.
But Cesar was solid after that as Granada took a big step toward remaining in the top flight for a second straight season by moving eight points clear of Sporting Gijon and Zaragoza.
Sporting must beat Villarreal later Tuesday to have a realistic chance of staying up, as a loss would give its opponent an insurmountable lead.
Granada has 42 points, Rayo Vallecano has 40, Villarreal has 38 and Sporting and Zaragoza share 34 points. Zaragoza plays Levante on Wednesday.
In Madrid, Venezuela striker Nicolas "Miku" Fedor put Getafe ahead through a 59th-minute penalty after Santander's Pape Diop had struck the woodwork with his own spot kick.
Diop made amends for his first-half miss in the 69th minute as the Senegalese midfielder equalized by converting Jairo Samperio's pass at the Alfonso Perez Coliseum.
Santander, which will finish last to go down to the second division, hasn't won a match since Jan. 7.
Real Madrid can secure its 32nd league crown _ and first since 2008 _ with a victory at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday while three-time defending champion Barcelona plays Malaga earlier. Madrid leads Barcelona by seven points with three games remaining for both teams.


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:14 GMT+08:00