Girona extended its great start to the season and tied on 13 points with Barcelona in second position in the table after winning 2-4 this Monday at the Nuevo Los Cármenes against Granada, which has lost four games in five games and is already in relegation positions.
The Catalan team was superior to the rojiblanco throughout the game, especially in a sensational first time in which they went 0-3 with goals from the Ukrainian Victor Tsygankovfrom Brazilian Savinho and of David Lopez.
In the second half Granada reduced the gap with a goal from the Albanian Myrto Uzuni and another last one from the Argentine Lucas Boyé, although at no time was Girona’s victory in danger, which certified the 2-4 with a goal from Brazilian Yan Couto after a great team play that passed through several teammates.
The key to the clash was that first half of Girona, much superior to Granada from the opening whistle, playing with ease and reaching the rival area with great clarity.
Before the goals, the visitors already warned with a shot outside the Ukrainian Artem Dovbyk and in a corner kick that almost ended with an own goal by Ignasi Miquel.
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Granada, imprecise with the ball and surpassed time and again in the defensive phase, only tested the Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga with a weak header from his compatriot Lucas Boyé, although he also came close to scoring with a cross from Callejón.
Girona took its dominance to the scoreboard with the score at 0-1, scored by Tsygankov in the 22nd minute after a great play by Savio. The goal, far from changing the script of the duel, increased the dominance of the visitors, who scored 0-2 after a unforgivable mistake in the release of the ball by Óscar Melendo that Savio took advantage of perfectly.
Just three minutes later, in the 34th minute, David Lopez caused the anger in the Nuevo Los Cármenes stands with the score 0-3, marked in a strategic action in a lateral foul.
Before the break there was still time for Tsygankov to forgive the 0-4 with a shot at the stick, although the locals also missed a clear chance on the head of Albanian Myrto Uzuni.
Granada came out with renewed air in the second half, with Uzuni testing Gazzaniga, although the momentum did not translate into more occasions and only lasted until Girona once again took control of the ball.
The game seemed over when Uzuni scored 1-3 at the hour mark, in a corner kick after touching Ignasi Miquel, to give his team options.
Was a mirage in the desert that was the Granada game, also surpassed after his goal by a Girona team that suited the changes much better and that forgave 1-4 on two clear occasions in the boots of the Uruguayan Stuani.
Then the script was repeated. The visitors had the match super controlled and in a flash Lucas Boyé He scored 2-3 in the 85th minute.
In the end the logic of what was being seen on the field of play was fulfilled and Yan Couto certified the visitor’s victory with the 2-4 in the 89th minute after a sensational team play by Girona.
Grenade: Raúl Fernández; Ricard, Víctor Díaz (Torrente, m.61), Ignasi, Carlos Neva (Álvaro, m.83); Gumbau, Melendo (Antonio Puertas, d.74); Callejón (Gonzalo Villar, m.61), Bryan (Famara, m.83), Uzuni and Lucas Boyé.
Girona: Gazzaniga, Yan Couto, Eric García, Blind (Juanpe, m.92), Miguel; David López, Aleix García, Tsygankov (Portu, m.68), Iván Martín (Yangel Herrera, m.71), Savio (Valery, m.92); and Dovbyk (Stuani, d.71).
Goals: 0-1, m.22: Tsygankov. 0-2, m.31: Savio. 0-3, m.34: David López. 1-3, m.61: Uzuni. 2-3, m.85: Lucas Boyé. 2-4, m.89: Yan Couto.
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