BARCELONA, Spain – Granada coach Abel Resino got off to a winning start as his team moved out of the Spanish league relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Real Betis on Sunday.
Striker Odion Ighalo put Granada ahead in the 13th minute with a low shot from the edge of the area, and Carlos Martins finished off a counterattack for the visitors’ second five minutes before halftime.
The home side improved after the interval and substitute Jonathan Pereira made it 2-1 in the 81st.
Resino, a former Atletico Madrid coach, took over promoted Granada earlier this week after Fabricio Gonzalez was fired following a three-game losing streak.
“The feelings are good, but we saw a little of everything today,” said Resino. “We’ve been working together for just a week so we can’t ask for big things.”
Before this game, Granada’s struggling attack had only scored four away goals this season.
On Saturday, Real Madrid moved seven points clear at the top of table with a 3-1 win over last-place Zaragoza and Barcelona’s 0-0 draw at Villarreal.
Also, Fernando Llorente scored a hat trick to give Athletic Bilbao a 3-0 win at Rayo Vallecano, while Espanyol edged 10-man Mallorca 1-0.
Later on Sunday, it’s: Real Sociedad vs. Sporting Gijon, Levante vs. Getafe, Racing Santander vs. Valencia, and Malaga vs. Sevilla.
Atletico Madrid visits Osasuna on Monday.