ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-0 GRANADA: Bilbao takes narrow lead in second stage of Copa del Rey semi-final despite dominating the San Mames
- Iker Muniain scored the only goal for Bilbao who had excluded two others
- Bilbao shocked Barcelona 1-0 in the quarterfinals and are now favorites
- They have won the tournament 23 times, more than any other side except Barcelona
- The second leg against Granada will take place in Andalusia on March 5
Athletic Bilbao dominated Granada in the Copa del Rey semi -final first stage but only won 1-0 on Wednesday.
The Basques, who knocked out Barcelona in the quarterfinals, were impressed by a raw San Mames and had two goals rejected for offside.
Inaki Williams, who scored the winner in the quarterfinals against Barcelona, had tipped a low shot around the post of Rui Silva.
Athletic Bilbao (5-4-1 ) : Berchiche; Simon, Martinez, Nunez, Alvarez, Capa; Vesga, Dani Garcia (San Jose 84), Muniain, Williams; Garcia (Aduriz 67)
Booked : Dani Garcia, Williams
Granada (4-5-1): Silva; Diaz, Duarte (Eteki 85), Sanchez, Neva; Herrera, Gonalons, Puertas (Vallejo 45), Fernandez, Machis (Dias 71); Soldier
Booked : Diaz, Soldier
Raul Garcia was also just out of goal, before Iker Muniain put Athletic ahead after 42 minutes.
Yeray Alvarez and Ander Capa & # 39; s strikes were excluded because Athletic was unable to build on their lead before the second leg in Andalusia on March 5.
We feel good to win at home and a clean slate was very important, it is a good result for the second leg. We would have liked to have extended the score, & Muniain said.
& # 39; Apart from that we had a good game, played intensely, at a good pace and we got a favorable result and we are happy. & # 39;
Athletic rejected early chances before electric Williams broke off the left flank and crossed a low ball for Muniain to convert up close.
The dominance of the hosts continued after the break and W illiams persuaded, while Yeray's effort prevailed because he and several other Athletic players were offside after a free kick.
Capa thought he had scored the second, only because it was rejected after VAR referral, because Williams was offside and blocked the keeper's view.
Athletic has won the tournament 23 times, more than any side, except Barcelona, and his favorites to reach their 38th final.
Real Sociedad organizes second-class Mirandes on Thursday in the other semi-final first stage, with the return on March 4.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Granada: the men of Diego Simeone finally get a victory, inspired by returning captain Koke
- Returning captain Koke inspired by a victory that made a barren series of five competitions have ended
- Angel Correa got the sole purpose of the competition early on, and Atletico stopped
- They are now on the fourth place in the La Liga table, three points behind Getafe
The midfielder made his first appearance in the league since mid-December and wasted little time making an impact on his struggling team, making Angel Correa the only goal of the game in the sixth minute.
Atletico was comfortable in the first half, but began to suffer in the second and it took a world class rescue from goalkeeper Jan Oblak to prevent Granada Roberto Soldado leveling with a rear wheel.
& # 39; We needed a win to end this terrible run and we are very happy to take three points home & # 39 ;, said contest winner Correa.
& # 39; But after scoring the goal, we sat back too much and we have to correct it. & # 39;
Koke & # 39; s absence of the team coincided with their sad slide in form, in which they lost to Eibar and Real Madrid, went home 0-0 for struggling Leganes and were beaten out of the Copa del Rey by Cultural Leonesa of the third division.
For the first time in his eight-year period with Atletico, pressure was on almighty coach Diego Simeone, who was named the manager with the most merits in European football this week by the French newspaper L & # 39; .
The Argentinian coach missed eight players from the first team, including club record that Joao Felix, top scorer Alvaro Morata and crucial defenders Kieran Trippier and Jose Gimenez signed.
However, he could count on Koke, his longest-serving player who played an important role in the many successes of the team during his tenure as a coach.
Spain's international international encountered some indecisiveness in the defense of Granada after a throw-in and quickly played in Argentinian Correa, who made no mistake from the area and scored Atletico & # 39; s first league goal since January 4.
however, side did not build on their lead and continued to beg for the full-time flute, which eventually arrived at the sigh of relief from home fans in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Seville 2-0 Granada: Hosts close gap to Barcelona to five points thanks to goals from Luuk De Jong and Nolito
- Luuk De Jong placed Seville after the end of a cross by Jesus Navas
- Nolito doubled the lead of the home team with a cheeky toe past the keeper
- Seville was third in the La Liga table and five points of leaders Barcelona
Barcelona 1-0 Granada: Lionel Messi net winner after visitors have been reduced to 10 men, as Quique Setien begins a new era with a victory
- The home team completely dominated the first half , but failed to make the breakthrough
- Yan Brice Eteki almost gave the visitors a head start but his low attack came back from the base of the post
- ] German Sanchez was then sent after receiving a second yellow card for an error on Lionel Messi
- Messi finally broke the deadlock with a cool finish after being pulled up by Arturo Vidal & # 39; s rear wheel
Granada 1-1 Atletico Madrid: the men of Diego Simeone lose ground on Barcelona leaders after stalemate
- Atlético Madrid went on the hour behind left rear Renan Lodi
- Grenada & # 39; s Sanchez jumped marker Hector Herrera to score the equalizer
- Draw holds Athletic third on 25 points, three behind La Liga leaders Barcelona
The side of Diego Simeone advanced ahead of the Brazilian left back Renan Lodi, but lost his lead shortly afterwards when the German Sanchez of Granada defeated his marker Hector Herrera and dropped a header into the net.
Simeone set a record by signing Joao Felix in search of a winner, but his match barely managed to test goalkeeper Rui Silva in the final phase, although she was denied a penalty when substitute Dario Poveda in the extra time.
The draw keeps Athletic third at 25 points, three behind Barca who beat Leganes 2-1 and still have a game in their hands, while Real Madrid is second at 25 and later played one of their two games at home for Real Sociedad on Saturday .
& # 39; We left here with a bad taste in our mouths because we did everything we could to try to win the game, & # 39 ;, said Atletico midfielder Koke.
& # 39; We defended well, but their goal came out of nowhere, it was their only real chance to score. We played so well and should have achieved the three points. We can't feel bad about how we played today. & # 39;
Granada made headlines last month by going to the top of the rankings in their first season back in La Liga, but they were on a downward spiral since then and had their last three league games lost.
Atleti dominated the competition but struggled to translate their superiority into many clear opportunities and had to settle for a fourth consecutive draw in the competition. Their next game is a crunch game at home in Barcelona.
& # 39; We feel bitter, we know we should have left here with all three points & # 39 ;, said midfielder Herrera, who also complimented that video technology was not used to determine if his party should have received a late penalty.
& # 39; I do not like to complain about references that we are all human and make mistakes, but it was strange that the video referee did not get involved in what seemed like a clear sentence. & # 39;
Getafe (4-4-2) : Soria; Nyom, Cabrera (Etxite 46), Dakonam, Suarez (Timor 68); Cucu, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Jason (Portillo 78); Mata, Angel
Subs not used: Chichizola, Enric, Kenedy, Molina
Posted: Suarez, Angel, Arambarri, Soria, Etxeita
Objectives: Angel (35), Arambarri (41), Timor (88)
Manager: Pepe Bordalas
Getafe (3-4-2-1): Silva; Antonio Martinez, Duarte (Quini 46), Sanchez; Diaz, Gonalons, Brice Eteki (Azeez 68), Koybasi (Puertas 46); Machis, Ramos; Soldier
Subs not used: Escandell, Fernandez, Neva, Vadillo
Booked: Duarte, Gonalons, Sanchez, Soldier, Azeez
Objectives: Puertas (74)
Manager: Diego Martinez
Referee: Jose Gonzalez
Stadium: Coliseum Alfonso Perez
After 10 games Granada is at the top La Liga . That's right, newly promoted Granada, whose entire team cost only £ 8 million, is currently at the height of Spanish football.
Real Madrid has dropped to sixth place after their off-week and shows how tight it is at the top. Three points separate the top seven, of which four out of 19 points after 10 games.
With 10 games to choose from, Sportsmail will lead you through the main discussion points of this week's La Liga promotion.
On paper, there seem to be quite a few unilateral games on the way. Top teams compete against soil teams in what should be simple tests to strengthen their position in the competition.
Given the way the season started, it seems likely that there will be a few more disruptions this week.
Alaves vs Atletico Madrid, Tuesday 6:00 pm
THE ALLOY MIDWEEK FIXTURES
Atletico Madrid – 6:00 pm
Barcelona vs Valladolid – 8:15 pm
Valencia vs Seville – 6:00 pm
Real Sociedad vs Levante – 18:00
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol – 19:00
Real Betis vs Celta Vigo – 20:00
Real Madrid vs Leganes – 8:15 pm
Eibar vs Villareal – 18:00
RCD Mallorca vs Osasuna – 18:00
Getafe vs Granada – 8:15 pm
Alaves and Atletico Madrid start the midweek promotion on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
£ 114 million star Joao Felix is still out of action after being sidelined thanks to a single knock that he picked up a few weeks ago during the draw with Valencia. He will be out for another week or so, which adds to Atletico's problems.
They have only scored 10 goals this season, far from the pace of the other leaders, but they are sitting nicely in a Champions League space thanks to their loyal defense.
They've only let five in the entire season and since Alaves have only been able to score eight, without actually having played one of the top teams, it will probably be a fight for them.
Athletics are reportedly in the race to sign Brescia star Sandro Tonali alongside PSG, Man City and Man United, although they may have to use all the money they received for Antoine Griezmann in the summer. The president of the Italian club believes that his husband is worth an incredible £ 260 million.
Barcelona vs Valladolid, Tuesday 8:15 pm
Barcelona plays against Valladolid on Tuesday, who have a fixed season and are currently in ninth place.
The Catalans see a return to the top of the table, although the top places may be out of step in the coming weeks until Barca and Real play their extra game.
You would expect Barcelona to win here, but Valladolid is actually unbeaten in their last six. You have to go back more than a month for their last loss, which came into the hands of Villareal.
Samuel Umtiti has been struggling for a long time with a recurring knee injury and will probably miss the game after the absence of training.
Barcelona still has a wealth of talent, so the good defensive record of Valladolid can be threatened by Messi and co. The Argentinian should be fit again after injury, and Barcelona has already scored 23 goals this season.
What all of their star power means is that even some of the best players can hardly take a look. Ivan Rakitic could be out of favor because Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan are all enthusiastic about his services.
Meanwhile, Carlos Vela was & # 39; very close to & # 39; and apparently he still signed a move to the Nou Camp to play with Lionel Messi when his time in the MLS comes to an end. He just broke the record for most goals in an MLS season with 34 so far for Los Angeles FC, so he certainly still has it.
Valencia vs Seville, Wednesday 6:00 pm
Valencia, which finished fourth in La Liga last year and won the Spanish Cup, has struggled this season so far.
They lost from Osasuna's last time-out, and somehow managed to get a red card in each of their last three games, including one against Lille in the Europa League last week.
In addition to their disciplinary record, Valenica & # 39; s biggest problem is their flat back line. They have the second worst defensive record in the competition, with 16 goals in their first 10 games.
Meanwhile, Sevilla has joined the race with Manchester United to sign Juventus outcast Mario Mandzukic in the transfer window of January. A week or so ago, Croatian training skipped with his teammates in the midst of interest.
The men of Julen Lopetegui have toiled this season while in fifth place despite not scoring a large number of goals. They will soon be given a number of new options to increase their output.
Real Madrid vs Leganes, Wednesday 8:15 PM
The rearranged match against Barcelona was not the only drama that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had to deal with this week, as he was told by club president Florentino Perez that they will not make any moves in January for high-priority goals Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen.
Perez wants more from Zidane & # 39; s current team, especially considering that they only spent £ 300 million a few months ago.
As for the coming week, his star-studded team should really get better than Leganes, who despite the first win is still at the bottom of the table from the season on the weekend in Mallorca.
Gareth Bale had a little more playing time this season, despite the apparent hostility between him and his manager. However, he sustained an injury during his military service in Wales.
No wonder he got the nickname & # 39; The Glass & # 39; has got. De Welshman leads the indictment in Spain for players to have more privacy around their medical information, as it is currently a general policy for clubs to release an explanation when a player gets injured.
Getafe vs Granada, Thursday 8:15 pm
Granada, the courageous underdogs who quickly become the story of the 2019-20 season, travel to Getafe on Thursday to see if they belong to them can hold place at the top of the competition.
They have scored more goals than Real Madrid and assigned the same number as Barcelona (and they beat the Catalans), so it's not like they are at the top due to pure luck.
If their current form is indicative, Getafe should be a very profitable game for them. They lost the last time out against Sevilla and are currently in 11th place.
All eyes will be on this game, the last of the game week, to see if the wild drive of Granada continues.
The bubble must burst quickly at some point, right?
Regarding the rest of the competition, Real Sociedad is currently in the unknown position of the third after being assigned to the mid-table finishes for a few seasons. They are taking 13th place. Get up on Wednesday at 6 p.m. while trying to keep their Champions League qualifying location.
Athletic Bilbao plays Spanish wrestlers on Wednesday at 7 pm. Bilbao will try to use this competition to push themselves to the table, because they are currently somewhat behind the pace.
Real Betis faces Celtic Vigo at the bottom of the table conflict on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Both teams need a win to start their season, and this will be an important game.
Eibar will play Villareal in an intriguing test for the visitors, and Mallorca is against Osasuna as they attempt to pull away from the relegation zone. Both games start on Thursday at 6 p.m.
In the week five of the season, Granada defeated Barcelona at home with 2-0. They flew high in the Champions League places, but people said it wouldn't last.
Now in week 10 they are a clear point of Barcelona in the table and on top of La Liga . The club whose full wage bill would not pay the salary of Lionel Messi looks down on Barça and the rest of the teams in Spain
Most are still there always agreeing that won't last long, but maybe this is a real phenomenon and not just an early season blink in power relations.
The incredible start of Granada to the season means an over-ach ievement on a large scale. They have the third lowest salary budget in the division – only Valladolid and Mallorca work within stricter financial constraints.
And while Grenada – due to competition regulations – can only spend € 35.6 million (£ 30.75 million) on wages, they lead the Barcelona division (free to spend € 671m (£ 579m) on it) salary of their team) and Real Madrid (who are not far behind with a salary of € 641m (£ 553m)).
Money does not matter right now. And history is being written. Granada had only been top once. In the fifth week of the 1973-74 season, they led the competition for just one week. Now 46 years later they look down on everyone again.
It is true that they reached the top of the pile because the Classic was postponed, but even if the Barcelona Real Madrid game were to continue, they would have been one of the big two up, and with more than one quarter of the season.
The team is a well-constructed tight unit of players. Some were in the club last season for winning second place promotion, some are young players destined for great things that promote their careers, and others, such as the former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldier, just embrace the chance of another exciting season in the top flight – something that they felt might have passed them by.
Comparisons are already being made with Leicester. If Granada were to continue for another 28 weeks of the season, it would be an even greater performance than Claudio Ranieri's side.
Nobody expects it to happen and coach Diego Martinez has urged everyone to enjoy this – perhaps brief – moment of supremacy.
He has quality at his disposal. Grenada has the young Portuguese keeper Rui Silva this season more clean sheets than any other keeper except Jan Oblak.
 Stadium: The Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium (19,336 capacity)
] Lead trainer: Diego Martinez
Second Division: 1940–41, 1956–57, 1967 –68
Second Division B: 1982–83, 1999–00, 2009–10
Tercera Division: 1933–34, 2003– 04, 2005–06 
 And for him, Duarte was impressive a ls every central defender in La Call me but At the age of 24 the former Sporting defender looks like a permanent player in the senior team of Portugal.
In midfield, Manchester City borrower Yangel Herrera made an impression. On Sunday, the 21-year-old Venezuelan international formed an impressive midfield three with Nigeria international Ramon Azeez and French international Maxime Gonalons.
In the attack, it is often a 34-year-old soldier, flanked by the shoot-on of Venezuela -visor Darwin Machis and run-forever Antonio Puertas, who received 10 goals in the promotion season last year.
Soldier was equipped on Saturday but still played an important role as a late invader when they hit the clock to beat Betis and cause scenes, not unlike last year's promotion celebrations
Their coach Martinez, arms raised, greeted the 19,000 in their stadium in Los Carmenes. A modest house with the beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the highest peak on the Spanish peninsula.
The Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang of Granada reaps the benefits of leaving the club in the hands of Director General Antonio Fernandez who appointed the talented Martinez.
The 38-year-old coach was recruited to Seville by the supreme talent spotter Monchi and worked with Unai Emery, among others, before he went out as a number one independently.
He has already warned of euphoria. & # 39; Girona defeated Real Madrid last year and went under & # 39 ;, he said recently. & # 39; This is a long season & # 39 ;. But Granada already has many points in week 10 as they had at the end of the 2016-17 season when they were relegated.
That was a disastrous campaign that saw the club run, with seven games to go, and unsuccessfully, to Tony Adams to keep them informed. They lost all seven of those games. They failed to bounce back immediately, but now they look like they have returned to stay.
Back in that relegation season, Granada had 18 different nationalities represented in their team and they became the first in La Liga's history to choose 11 different in the same team.
It was a hodgepodge of players who only continued with No real link to the club.
Adams could be heard roaring at his players in those desperate training sessions: & We can't do this alone. You have to talk to each other. You choose the language, but you have to speak. & # 39;
There are all on the same wavelength this season and while they stay where they should be on the table, they must be beyond them, they have a unit that over-performs the current, continue the right way this campaign.
Granada: Dantas da Silva, Diaz, Coutinho Meneses Duarte, Sanchez, Neva, Herrera (Eteki 60 & # 39;), Gonalons, Vadillo (Soldier 74 & # 39;), Azeez, Machís, Fernández, (Martínez 79 & # 39;)
Not -used substitutes: Sánchez, Martínez, Köybasi, Escandell, Ramos
Targets: Vadillo 61
Booked: Herrera, Soldier, Machis
Real Betis: Robles, Milk or Souza Junior, Mandi, Feddal (Iglesias 78 & # 39;), Pedraza (Moreno Lopera 72 & # 39;), García Fernández (Sánchez Rodríguez 72 & # 39;), Tello, Canales, Fekir, Saved, Morón
Unused substitutes: Bartra, da Silva Junior, Marin, Gutierrez
Posted: Feddal, Garcia Fernandez, Sanchez Rodrig uez, Fekir
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu L ahoz
Grenada (4-2-3-1) : Silva; Neva, Antonio Martinez, Duarte, Diaz; Gonalons, Herrera; Vadillo (Machis 67), Fernandez (Ramos 85), Puertas; Soldier (Azeez 59)
Subs not used: Brice, Escandell, Koybasi, Martinez
Booked: Fernandez, Martinez
]] Targets: Duarte (38)
Manager: Diego Martínez
Away team (4-2-3-1): Ruben; Vidal, Aridane, Roncaglia, Estupinan; Oier (Merida 63), Moncayola; Torres, Brasanac (Villar 77), Llamas (Adrian 66); Avila
Subs not used: Cardona, Herrera, Navas, Perea
Booked : Estupian, Llamas, Avila, Oier, Moncayola, Merida
Manager: Jagoba Arrasate
Stadium: Neuvo Los Carmenes Stadium