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Granada fight drop with valuable win at Sociedad


Real Sociedad’s Ruben Pardo, left, vies with Granada’s Youssef El-Arabi in their La Liga match on Monday at the Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastian, Spain.

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Granada salvaged a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad on Monday, earning a valuable point in their bid to avoid being relegated from La Liga.

Granada striker Odion Ighalo turned to flick a weak shot beyond Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to score the 93rd-minute equalizer that moved the Andalucian club three points above the relegation zone.

“Staying up [in the top flight] is still a possibility,” Ighalo told Spanish broadcaster Cuatro after scoring from what TV replays showed may have been an offside position.

“We’re going to fight right until the end,” the Nigerian added.

El Grana were reduced to 10 men in the 54th minute at the Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastian when midfielder Recio was shown a second yellow card for protesting, but just three minutes, the field was leveled when Sociedad defender Mikel Gonzalez was also expelled after a hard challenge earned him a straight red card.

Erreala went ahead in the 77th minute when Carlos Vela squeezed a cross inside the near post, but Ighalo’s late dramatics meant that the Basque club must wait another round before their place in next season’s Europa League is secured.

Sixth-placed Sociedad have a five-point advantage over Villarreal for the league’s last European place and are two points behind Sevilla.

Granada have 38 points to sit in 15th place, two ahead of UD Almeria and Getafe tied on 36. CA Osasuna are one point further adrift in 18th — the final drop spot.

Atletico Madrid lead the league on 88 points, with second-placed Barcelona on 85. Real Madrid are third with 83 points, but have a game in hand over Atletico and Barca.

Los Blancos can close the gap by beating Real Valladolid today.

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