Vitoria: Alaves posted their first home victory of the football season here, beating Granada 3-1 to climb into ninth place in La Liga with nine points from six matches.
The hosts on Monday mounted the first threat of the match, a speedy counterattack in the fourth minute that fizzled out when Deyverson fired the ball into the feet of a defender, reports Efe.
Granada had a chance at the quarter-hour mark, but an unmarked Bueno sent the ball sailing over the cross-bar. The near miss energised the visitors and they kept Alaves penned in their own end for several minutes, though ultimately to no effect.
The momentum quickly shifted back to Alaves, who saw a Granada own goal called back in the 36th minute due to a hand ball by Deyverson.
Alaves began the second half at the same pace and the long-anticipated goal came in the 52nd minute off the foot of Edgar, who beat visiting goalkeeper Ochoa after taking a great pass from Camarasa.
The visiting team battled back and nearly pulled level just minutes later on a Ruben Vezo header that grazed the cross-bar.
It was Alaves, however, that got the second goal thanks to Camarasa, who robbed Granada defender Uche of the ball and sent it into the net to make it 2-0 for the home side.
Deyverson had a chance to make it 3-0, but his shot bounced off the post.
Granada kept their hopes alive with a goal in the 78th minute by late substitute Kravets, who would have equalised for his side moments later if not for an impressive stop by Alaves keeper Pacheco.
The visitors continued to press and won several corners before Deyverson sealed the triumph for Alaves with a goal on the counter in stoppage time.
Winless Granada, meanwhile, remains mired in the drop zone, with just two points.
First Published | 27 September 2016 4:06 PM