Granada felt the vertigo of playing without rest Thursday and Sunday in their confrontation against PAOK, with whom they drew 0-0 and achieved a point, which, however, allows them to lead Group E of the Europa League after the triumph of PSV in Nicosia (1-2). The second day of this group stage saw the defeat of José Mourinho’s Tottenham against Belgian Antwerp (1-0) with Bale as the starter. The rest of the favorites did comply except for Roma. This was the case for Milan, who defeated Sparta Prague 3-0 with a Brahim goal from Ibrahimovic, who missed a penalty. Arsenal beat Dundalk (3-0); Benfica beat Standard Liege (3-0) and Roma did not go beyond the draw at home against CSKA Sofia (0-0).
Granada, with the novelty of Puertas on the right back, was not very comfortable in their confrontation against PAOK. Football did not flow at Milla’s feet and the Andalusian team, who made their debut in Los Cármenes in the Europa League group stage, were overtaken by the Greek team in the first half. In fact, the best chance was for PAOK. The fine Austrian midfielder Schwab hit the post in the 27th minute with Rui Silva already beaten. Granada, slow and without resources, showed an unknown impotence this course in the first act. PAOK, well placed and responsive, commanded for many minutes while Granada missed the contribution of footballers such as Machís or Herrera. Luis Suárez, who started in front of Jorge Molina, who had a break, tried, although with little luck, being surpassed by players like the Spanish Crespo, captain of the Greek team and former player of Sevilla among other teams.
Diego Martínez looked for solutions to unblock his team, such as Jorge Molina’s entrance, but Granada lacked spark and intensity, two basic condiments in his football. The curious thing about it is that the Greek team developed these values to surpass the Andalusians. Perhaps because they arrived cooler than Granada by not playing in their league last weekend. It is a team to take into account that was very close to playing the group stage of the Champions League.
The Granada coach decided to close the game with the entry into the final stretch of Eteki and Domingos Duarte, a defensive pivot and a central defender, to tie at least one point with a defender of three centrals. PAOK played a good game and Granada had to settle for an acceptable point, which places them as the leader and which has great value after the victory obtained in the first game of the group with the victory in the fiefdom of the other favorite of the group, the PSV (1-2). Granada’s start to the season is being almost unbeatable, with 11 games played and only one loss, with eight wins and two draws achieved.