Thursday 21 November 2019

Granada top table in Spain as pain goes on for Milan

AS Roma's Italian midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo celebrates after scoring against AC Milan. Photo: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images
AS Roma's Italian midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo celebrates after scoring against AC Milan. Photo: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images

Shane Brennan

Granada are the surprise leaders of La Liga after a 1-0 home victory against Real Betis yesterday. Alvaro Vadillo's goal was enough to secure all three points, and despite having 65 per cent possession, Betis didn't register a shot on target.

Granada, who were relegated in 2017 under Tony Adams, will remain top at least until tomorrow when Barcelona, who have a game in hand, host Valladolid. Barcelona had been scheduled to take on Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season this weekend, but that has been postponed for security reasons until December 18.

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In Italy, Nicolo Zaniolo scored the winner as Roma heaped more misery on ailing AC Milan in Serie A by grabbing a 2-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico. Milan fell behind after 38 minutes, as an unmarked Edin Dzeko headed home at the far post from a corner.

Milan equalised 10 minutes into the second half when Theo Hernandez scored for the Rossoneri. But just three minutes later Milan squandered possession and Zaniolo rifled home the winning goal from the edge of the box. Milan are languishing in 13th with just 10 points from nine games.

Romelu Lukaku's second-half goal saved Inter from suffering a home defeat at the hands of Parma, but the 2-2 draw was a missed opportunity to get ahead of rivals Juventus at the top of the table after Maurizio Sarri's side could only get a 1-1 draw away to Lecce.

Dortmund had a chance to leapfrog the Bundesliga's top two, but were held to a goalless draw by Schalke in Saturday's Revierderby clash in Gelsenkirchen. The result is Dortmund's fourth draw in five games and leaves them third, behind Bayern Munich in second and Borrusia Mönchengladbach who sit top of the Bundesliga after beating Einteracht Frankfurt 4-2.

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