Granada put the icing on the sensational 2020 they have signed by winning 2-1 in the last game of the year at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes against Valencia, which ended with nine players, due to the expulsions of Jason and Guedes, and has worsened their problems stalling in the low zone after seven games without winning.
A goal from French Kevin Gameiro in the 36th minute allowed the visiting team to take the lead, the Brazilian Robert Kenedy tied at the end of the break, while Jorge Molina finished the comeback and left the victory at home with a header in the 88th minute.
The clash was conditioned because Valencia played from minute 72 with nine players when David Remeseiro ‘Jason’ and Portuguese Gonçalo Guedes were expelled in just two minutes, while the locals were left with ten in minute 77 for the Portuguese red Sundays Duarte.
Rui Silva; Foulquier (Quini, m.74), Domingos Duarte, Germán, Carlos Neva; Gonalons, Yangel Herrera, Antonio Puertas (Alberto Soro, m.74), Kenedy; Luis Suárez (Vallejo, m.89), Soldier (Jorge Molina, m.68).
Jaume Domenech; Wass, Mangala, Diakhaby, Gayá; Left (Kova, m.87), Carlos Soler, Jason, Cheryshev (Musha, m.75); Guedes, Gameiro (Manu Vallejo, m.66).
0-1, M.36: Gameiro. 1-1, M.48+: Kenedy. 2-1, M.88: Jorge Molina
Cordero Vega (Cantabrian Committee). He sent off the visitors Jason, for a double yellow (m.9 and m.70), and Guedes, with a direct red for saying something to the referee (m.72), as well as the local Domingos Duarte (m.77), for a hard tackle to an opponent. In addition, he admonished Foulquier (m.16), Yangel Herrera (m.40), Antonio Puertas (m.72) and Gonalons (m.95), from Granada; and to Wass (m.33) and Mangala (m.48), from Valencia.
Match corresponding to matchday 16 of LaLiga Santander played at the Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium in Granada behind closed doors.
The local team commanded in the first section of the clash, betting on the significant casualties with which they faced the clash for a direct game that put the Valencian rear in trouble several times.
After a couple of warnings from Colombian Luis Suárez, at a quarter of an hour Kenedy scored with a strong kick from afar, but the Cantabrian referee Cordero Vega annulled the goal, at the request of the VAR, for a foul at the beginning of the play by Frenchman Dimitri Foulquier.
Valencia grew as the minutes passed, with very dangerous counterattacks and Gamiero’s mobility continually bothering the rojiblancos
The Portuguese Rui Silva appeared with success against José Luis Gayá, Gameiro himself and Guedes, while Jaume Domenech made his debut before a shot with little angle from Kenedy.
Gameiro scored 0-1 in the 36th minute after a good send to the far post by Russian Denis Cheryshev in an action much protested by the Andalusians when they understood that Luis Suárez was fouled at the beginning of it, although this time neither the neither the referee nor the VAR saw an infringement.
When the break was already looming, Kenedy tied in one of the last plays of added time with a direct free kick that touched the barrier to throw Jaume Domenech off the track.
Granada started better again in the second half, with two very clear chances by Luis Suárez, both of them blocked by not finding a goal with his shots.
After a header outside the French Eliaquim Mangala in the other area, Granada returned to touch the 2-1 with a shot from Foulquier that was cleared between Jaume Domenech and the post.
In two minutes, between 70 and 72, Valencia’s life was complicated to the fullest when Jason was expelled, who had a yellow and saw the second for kicking the Portuguese Domingos Duarte without the ball, and Guedes, who saw the direct red for protesting the referee.
Far from taking advantage of this situation, Domingos Duarte himself made the Andalusian team stay with ten players in the 76th minute when he saw the direct red after an ugly tackle on Manu Vallejo.
The only one who had things clear in a wild and uncontrolled end of the game was Jorge Molina, who was about to score in a shot that his own teammate Alberto Soro took down, but in the 88th minute he signed the 2-1 with a great header after a pass from Alberto Soro himself.