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Granada relegated from La Liga after fifth straight defeat

Modified 29 Apr 2017, 21:16 IST

By Richard Martin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Granada's run of six consecutive seasons in La Liga ended on Saturday following a 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad, leaving Tony Adam's side 10 points adrift of safety with three games left.

Carlos Vela crept in at the near post to tap Real Sociedad ahead on the stroke of halftime but Granada came out fighting in the second half.

After having a goal ruled out for offside, Colombia striker Adrian Ramos headed in the first goal of Adams' brief tenure in the 65th minute.

Ramos narrowly failed to connect with a cross a few minutes later but Real Sociedad soon made their quality shine through.

Juanmi smacked the bar from the edge of the area and Mikel Oyarzabal wasted a glorious chance before Juanmi volleyed in a clever chipped pass from Sergio Canales to inflict a fifth straight defeat on Granada.

Granada, who were promoted to La Liga in 2011 for the first time in 25 years, are 19th in the standings on 20 points, joining basement club Osasuna in the Segunda Division next season.

Sporting Gijon, 18th with 24 points, have a mathematical chance of survival although they are six points behind 17th-placed Leganes, who have a game in hand.

Later on Saturday Real Madrid host Valencia, while leaders Barcelona make the short trip to local rivals Espanyol.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Published 29 Apr 2017, 21:16 IST
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