Prior to the game, reports that manager Ronald Koeman was one embarrassment away from facing the chop were rampant. Therefore, the Dutchman’s blood pressure would have spiked considerably when Granada put themselves in front with less than two minutes on the clock.
Domingos Duarte was the scorer, ghosting in at the back post where he was afforded a comical amount of space to head home. This calamitous start to the match was only the beginning of a painful evening for Koeman and his team. The club being in a dire state is no secret and the regularity of reminders of this fact was startling.
Soon after Duarte’s opener, Granada could have easily had a second, with captain Jorge Molina forcing a top save out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Before the break, Koeman was then dealt another crushing injury blow with youngster Alex Balde forced off with an injury that, by the look of the heavy strapping on his lower back, he might have been asked to play through.