Granada’s late goal deprives Osasuna of a lead in Spain | national news


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – A superb 90th-minute goal from the area by Granada substitute Ángel Montoro deprived Osasuna’s 10 players of the chance to climb to the top of the Spanish league on Friday.

Montoro’s long-distance lob over goalkeeper Sergio Herrera’s header pulled off a 1-1 draw for a Granada side that had been outplayed at El Sadar stadium despite an extra man for 15 minutes.

Osasuna were on the verge of leveling the points with league leaders Real Sociedad but Montoro’s strike from deep deprived the hosts of a fourth straight victory.

Still, the Pamplona-based team defied expectations as they approached the weekend in second place, one point above the powers of Real Madrid, Sevilla and Atlético Madrid.

“We had worked really hard and it would have been great to win tonight,” said Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate. “We were defending very well with 10, but Montoro’s brilliant strike robbed us of a victory.”

Argentina striker Chimy Ávila put Osasuna ahead just before half-time when he bounced off a Cote Valdés strike and beat goalkeeper Luis Maximiano from close range.

Osasuna’s defense remained in control even after Valdés was dealt a direct red in the 75th for fouling Granada’s Luis Suárez at the break with only the keeper to beat.

But seeing that his side needed a bit of daring to threaten even Osasuna’s goal, Montoro didn’t hesitate to shoot from midfield when Herrera gave him a chance.

“I saw that (Herrera) was out of line and dared me to give it a shot. Luckily that came in and gave my team a point, ”Montoro said.

Sociedad visit Atlético on Sunday, as Real Madrid play seventh place Barcelona in the first “classic” game since Lionel Messi left Camp Nou.


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