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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División
  • Édgar Méndez (52')
  • Víctor Camarasa (66')
  • Deyverson (90'+3')
  • Artem Kravets (78')

Alaves end goal drought at home to defeat struggling Granada

Alaves finally found their scoring touch at home to beat La Liga strugglers Granada 3-1.

The promoted Basques had made a promising start to life in the top flight by losing only one of their first five games.

But Alaves had failed to score at the Estadio Mendizorrotza with Sporting Gijon and Deportivo La Coruna holding them to goalless draws.

The wait for a goal, however, ended after 52 minutes as Edgar Mendez burst on to Victor Camarasa's pass and he punished his former club with a composed sidefoot finish.

Camarasa doubled Alaves' lead after 66 minutes and Granada's dubious defending was again exposed in stoppage time by Acosta Deyverson.

Granada had been given brief hope 12 minutes from time when Andreas Pereira, on loan from Manchester United, supplied a wonderful cross which substitute Artem Kravets met on the volley.

The excitement of the second half was in contrast to a first period which was low on chances and quality.

Alaves' early momentum quickly petered out and Alberto Bueno wasted an inviting opening for the visitors.

Granada might have had a 25th-minute penalty but Kiko Femenia's clear shove on Pereira went unnoticed.

But Granada had their own escape when Gaston Silva, under no pressure, sliced the ball into his own net only for his blushes to be spared by a Deyverson handball during the build-up.

Deyverson forced a fine save from Guillermo Ochoa close to the break, but the Granada goalkeeper had no chance in the second half as La Liga's most porous defence caved in.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +18 25
2 Real Madrid 12 +16 25
3 Atletico Madrid 13 +7 24
4 Sevilla FC 13 +3 24
5 Real Sociedad 13 +7 23
6 Athletic Bilbao 13 +5 20
7 Getafe 13 +3 20
8 Granada 13 +2 20
9 Valencia 13 +1 20
10 Osasuna 13 +3 19
11 Villarreal 13 +7 18
12 Levante 13 0 17
13 Real Valladolid 13 -3 17
14 Alavés 13 -4 15
15 Eibar 13 -7 15
16 Mallorca 13 -7 14
17 Real Betis 13 -8 13
18 Celta Vigo 13 -12 9
19 Espanyol 13 -16 8
20 Leganes 13 -15 6