Granada storms to La Liga summit less than five months after promotion

Granada's remarkable return to La Liga continued on Sunday as another win lifted it above Barcelona to the top of the table.

Alvaro Vadillo of Granada   -  Getty Images

Granada moved to the top of La Liga after a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday, less than five months on from its promotion back to the top flight.

Diego Martinez's side took advantage of the postponed Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Alvaro Vadillo's second-half goal sealing all three points at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.

The Andalusian side has enjoyed a remarkable return to La Liga after two seasons in the second tier, winning six of its opening 10 games, including a memorable 2-0 victory over Barca on September 21.

With Barca not playing this weekend after its clash with Madrid was postponed, Granada was able to move a point clear at the top of the table.

Its haul of 20 points from 10 games this season is as many as it managed from all 38 league matches when it was relegated in 2016-17.

It could be dethroned when Ernesto Valverde's side takes on Real Valladolid in its game in hand on Tuesday at Camp Nou.

Civil unrest in Catalonia forced the first Clasico of the 2019-20 season to be rearranged for December 18.


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