Granada boss Martinez thrilled to be in Europa League's last 16

Fri 26 February 2021 | 12:51

Granada got a memorable outcome on Thursday night in Naples. Although they lost 2-1 to Napoli in the second leg of Europa League round 32, they advanced to the next stage with 3-2 on aggregate thanks to their 2-0 victory in Granada a week ago.

Napoli commenced at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium with a threatening determination, finding the net after only three minutes through Piotr Zielinksi's strike. Angel Montoro scored a vital away goal 22 minutes after the fact, in any case, to calm the Andalusians' nerves; Fabian scored in the hour mark to secure a stressful advancement.

Granada were advanced to

La Liga

in the 2018/19 season, playing an inspiring football brand under exceptional youthful head coach Diego Martinez. They completed seventh last season to meet all European competition requirements for the first time in their history and have now entered an unknown territory by breaking into the last 16 of the tournament by defeating Napoli.

"This is something historic," Granada boss Diego Martinez said after the match in comments carried by 


. "What the team has done is a feat. All the adversities we've had adds more value to what the team has done.

"After the draw, all of Europe considered us to be already eliminated. But the team played a great first leg, we played a great first half, and the team has once again shown the strength of this Granada. We left our souls [out there on the pitch], the passage was obtained thanks to everyone, to the spirit and soul of this team that is unique."




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source: SportMob