Espanyol hand Granada another defeat

Espanyol claimed all three points from their final La Liga clash of the season against relegated Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes on Friday night.

Léo Baptistão opened the scoring on just three minutes before an own goal from Rúben Vezo five minutes later doubled Espanyol's lead.

Andreas Pereira pulled a goal back for the bottom-placed side on 22 minutes but it wasn't enough as the visitors secured all three points.

The result saw Quique Sánchez Flores' side move up two places on the standings to eighth place with 56 points, while Tony Adams' charges remained bottom with 20 points.

Baptistao got Espanyol up and running with a well-placed right-footed shot from close range before Vezo inadvertently steered the ball into his own net.

Andreas Pereira saw his 14th minute shot saved by Diego López before Baptistao's header from the right side of the box was kept out by a low diving save from Guillermo Ochoa.

Baptistão soon drew a save from a similar situation, from Ochoa before Pereira found the bottom right corner of the net with his effort.

Pereira was denied in the 28th minute and again after 35 minutes before Entrena was saw his effort saved moments later as the hosts looked for a second goal.

Granada continued to attack after the break, with Pereira and Uche both firing wide ahead of a 63rd minute free-kick from David Lombán that skewed past the left-hand upright.

Baptistão came close again with the game winding down while Jean Carlos fired over at the other end after being set up by Sverrir Ingi Ingason.

Carlos, Isaac Cuenca and Martin Hongla all tried to force a draw with good efforts in the dying minutes, but Espanyol ultimately claimed the win and all three points.

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