Granada qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey after winning at the Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium by 2-1 against Copa del Rey holders Valencia.
Two goals from Roberto Soldado, with the first one at the start of the game and the final one in a penalty called by the VAR in the injury time, made the goal of Rodrigo Moreno useless and allowed the Andalusian team to make history by returning to the semifinals 51 years later.
Granada broke the deadlock after 3 minutes of the game through Roberto Soldado. After a good individual play, the number 9 put the ball into the net and past goalkeeper Jaume Domenech.
The first half-hour of the match was busy, with both sides coming easily to the opposite areas and counting with many chances of scoring.
The French Dimitri Foulquier and the Venezuelan Yangel Herrera hit the post twice, while keeper Domenech avoided goals from Alvaro Vadillo and Antonio Puertas.
On the opposite side, Dani Parejo and Rodrigo were commanding the attack, with Uruguayan Maxi Gomez losing two good chances. Rodrigo was able to score at the 13th minute, but VAR disallowed it for an offside position.
The Valencian striker insisted and, when the game was quieter and Granada seemed to have tired a bit, the goal came to equalize the scoring. At the 40th minute, the number 19 was unmarked to slot the ball home past goalkeeper Aaron Escandell.
The second half wasn’t that similar to the first one, once both sides improved their defenses and with that weren’t able to create many chances. When the match was going to the end, Granada started growing up once again but not enough to score. It was almost certain that the match would end with a draw, but VAR appeared.
At 90+4 the referee awarded the home side a penalty, after a handball from Jaume Costa. Soldado stepped up and converted from the spot, giving the victory to Granada.
Both teams return to the pitch this weekend, for La Liga. Granada will travel to the capital to face their difficult match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Valencia will face Getafe, also away, on the same day.