Granada beat Mallorca in decisive win, putting Mallorca on the ropes

Real Mallorca 2-6 Granada

Many followers of Spanish football had diagnosed this match as the one with the most important consequences of the 35th day, the two teams being on the edge of the relegation zone. If someone had predicted that eight goals would be scored, you could also ask them for the lottery numbers.

Both Javier Aguirre and Aitor Karanka have built their reputations on teams that are pragmatic, efficient and get results. Given the significance of the game itself, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that it must have been a suspicious affair.

Granada’s Luis Suarez has warned there won’t be such a thing. A scratch in the box eventually broke his head and he finished from close range after a corner.

Mallorca reacted well and for much of the first half looked the better side. Pablo Maffeo had a goal ruled out, Vedat Muriqi had a few chances and he also provided the assist for the equaliser. Return the ball to Salva Sevilla to launch a long-range effort into the corner.

It seemed important at the time. Yet, barely a minute into the second half, Sergio Escudero netted a brace with Antonio Puertas, slipping behind the defense and finding the corner.

Less than ten minutes later, Puertas had one of his own – chasing a Jorge Molina cross into the net from close range. Again, Mallorca mustered a response. Maffeo’s brilliant work away gave Antonio Raillo a home ball. For ten minutes it looked like Mallorca were going to make a dramatic comeback.

Jorge Molina had already entered, five minutes into the second half and provided an assist five minutes later, but now he has taken control of the game. Picking up the ball in midfield, he spun around, then unleashed a precise effort on the ground inside the left post. That left it at 4-2 with 20 minutes remaining.

As Mallorca grew desperate, they failed to keep the 40-year-old. He latched on to a goal kick and held the ball, putting it in the way of a pressed Myrto Uzuni. Another clinical finish definitively condemned the match and sent the bishop of Granada, surely overheated in the stands, into delirium.

There was time for one last piece of Molina magic. This time, Kang-In Lee was robbed in his own half, before Molina received the ball, returning to goal in the box. He twisted, turned around and then shot: into the right post.

With two goals and two assists, all well-crafted pieces of technical football, Jorge Molina constantly seems to be on a mission to remind viewers that he is much more than a target man.

The win knocks Granada out of the relegation zone and two points ahead of Mallorca, who can fall if Cadiz draw in hand. It was all Aguirre hadn’t been brought in for and although his voice was usually low and growling, his eyes flashed thunder towards the end.

Karanka got his first win as Granada boss and a big dose of confidence for his side as they enter the final three games.