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Diego Martinez says Granada players ‘deserve’ to be in quarter-finals

Thu 18 March 2021 | 23:24

Granada kept upsetting odds in Europa League, this time by beating Molde on aggregate to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

An away goal spoiled Molde's attempt to pull off the comeback, as Granada beat the Norwegian side 3-2 on aggregate to extend their surprising Europa League campaign. After falling behind in the first half, Granada forward Roberto Soldado leveled the match with a goal that ultimately gave way to a quarterfinal berth for the Spanish club.

Granada were promoted to La Liga in the 2018/19 season, playing a refreshing brand of football under young coach Diego Martinez. They finished seventh last season to qualify for European football for the first time in their history, and have now entered the quarter-finals.

“I think it’s a historic and unique day,”

Martinez said in comments carried by 



“Being among the eight best teams [in the competition] is something brutal on the part of this team, these players deserve it. We adapt to all situations.

“To get through a tie you have to do a lot of things well and we’ve done it. This team always comes out ahead.

“For them to face each game and each adversity the way they do, that has brutal merit. They have to enjoy it. There are players that will never live moments like this throughout their entire careers but they have achieved it.”

source: SportMob