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Granada 0-1 Gimnastic: Perdomo goal stuns home side

Nàstic pulled themselves away from the relegation fight a little further courtesy of a hard-fought win away to third-placed Granada, but they rode their luck at times.  The hosts had several opportunities to score, most notably through a penalty, but were unable to convert their dominance into goals.

As mentioned in the Week 30 preview, the Catalans hold the league’s best away record and they left Los Cármenes with all three points again.  Omar Perdomo’s first half goal proved to be the difference between the sides, but Nano Rivas will have his goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to thank as the big Macedonian thwarted the hosts on several occasions, as well as owing a debt of gratitude to good fortune.

The visitors signalled their intent in the early stages and Manu Barreiro was unlucky to see his header from right back Otar Kakabadze’s cross rebound off Javi Varas’s right hand post.

Dimitrievski was called into action moments later as Granada’s left back Alex Martinez went for goal, whipping in a free kick from close in on the right side, but the stopper was equal to the task.

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Nàstic went ahead through Perdomo with nine minutes remaining in the first period.  Popping up on the left side, the midfielder made a foray into the box and, despite the attentions of defender Victor Diaz, he worked some space and fired a low effort across Javi Varas inside the right post to grab only his second goal of the season.

After the break, Jose Luis Oltra’s men piled on the pressure looking for a reply but found Dimitrievski in fine form.  He denied Salvador Agra twice in quick succession, the first a parry as the midfielder’s long range drive bounced awkwardly in front of him, then got a feint touch onto Agra’s return effort to concede a corner after the Portuguese had continued his run into the box to link up with substitute Joselu.  From the resulting corner, Nàstic failed to clear their lines and the ‘keeper swatted at Chico’s close range header before clutching the loose ball under pressure from Joselu and Adrian Ramos.

The hosts continued to bully their way towards an equaliser but the crowd were left rueing Joselu being unable to make any connection with a great delivery from the right as the substitute slid in at the far post with the goal at his mercy.  He was a spilt second away from getting a touch to divert the ball in.

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The home supporters were given a glimmer of hope as an untidy challenge from Nàstic replacement Jean-Luc Gabayara on top-scorer Darwin Machis resulted in a penalty, but their frustrations were accentuated when Machis rattled the ball off the right post with Dimitrievski diving the other way.

Granada were unable to find a way past a compact and well disciplined side and the Andalucíans fell to their second loss in a row, further compounded by a drop from third to fifth in the standings as a result of this defeat.  Gimnàstic move up one to 17th and are currently four points off the drop zone.

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