Molde vs Granada
Granada travel to Budapest for the second leg of the Europa League round of 16 to face Norwegian outfit Molde at the Puskás Aréna on Thursday. The match, originally scheduled to be played at the Aker Stadion in Molde was shifted to the Hungarian capital because of the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Norway. Avoiding the chilly trip up north further puts Granada in an advantageous position in this tie, while they already have a 2-0 lead from the first leg last week.
It was a complete performance from Diego Martínez’s men who took the lead through Jorge Molina before the half hour mark and were in total control in the first half. The visitors were reduced to ten men after Martin Eilingsen was booked twice within three minutes in the second half. El Graná doubled their lead through Roberto Soldado’s brilliant volley 15 minutes from time to cap off another victorious European night at the Nuevo Los Cármenes. What made the win more impressive was the fact that the injury and suspension-hit Granada side had only one senior outfield player on the bench. The long and hard season has taken a toll on the squad but they’re still providing the results.
It is exactly the same first leg scoreline Granada had against Napoli in the previous round last month. Albeit being the heavy underdogs in that tie, they were able to defend the lead in Italy and book the last 16 spot. Evidently, the job this time shouldn’t be as difficult as it was against Napoli but Diego Martínez wouldn’t approach this with any less degree of caution. He will, of course, be boosted by the return of key players from suspension in the shape of Herrera, Montoro and Germán.
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