Granada vs. Real Madrid: Final score 0-1 in less than enthralling match

Denis Doyle

Real Madrid joined Barcelona in turning in a less than impressive performance, but holding onto a 1-0 road win this week.

Real Madrid started their match against Granada with no serious defensive presence in midfield, but it didn't lead to an entertaining affair. Los Merengues scored in the 10th minute and looked fairly content with their lead. Granada had more chances than most would expect them to generate against Madrid, but couldn't convert any of them as Carlo Ancelotti's side held on for a 1-0 win.

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Karim Benzema scored the game's only goal, capitalizing on some very poor defending by the hosts. Angel Di Maria set up the goal with a cross to the back post for the unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Madrid star's touch was poor. Thankfully, his poor trap attempt bounced right to Benzema, who was also unmarked, and he shot past Roberto.

Madrid looked to double their lead in spectacular fashion in the 15th minute, but had their goal called back. Isco hit a long quick free kick over the top of the defense for Mesut Özil, who finished with a cheeky chip, but the goal was disallowed because Isco had not stopped the ball completely before taking the free kick.

Granada's best chance of the first half came in the 20th minute, when Youssef El Arabi got behind the Madrid defense and found himself one-on-one with Diego Lopez, but he put his shot right into the Madrid keeper. While Granada found some space on the break throughout the game, they only forced two more saves out of Lopez, with neither being particularly difficult.

The second half featured nothing spectacular from either team. Ancelotti seemed to sense that an easy 1-0 win was there for the taking not long into the second period and subbed on defensive midfielder Casemiro for Özil. Things got unsurprisingly dull after that, but Madrid were certainly effective in killing off the match.

Granada: Roberto, Angulo, Mainz, Diakhate, Nyom, Yebda (Rico 68'), Brahimi, Benitez (Buonanotte 76'), Iturra, Piti, El Arabi (Riki 45')

Goals: None.

Real Madrid: Lopez, Marcelo (Fernandez 61'), Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Modric, Isco, Ronaldo, Özil (Casemiro 65'), Di Maria (Carvajal 89'), Benzema

Goals: Benzema (10')

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