New manager, old problems for Granada in La Liga loss

Robert Navarro of Cadiz CF looks on during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Cadiz CF and Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla on January 28, 2024 in Cadiz, Spain. 

It was new coach, old problems for Granada as the Andalusian side went down 1-0 at Cadiz that extended their winless run to 10 games in the Spanish league.

Jose Ramon Sandoval took charge of the relegation-threatened club for the first time since replacing Alexander Medina last week but there was no sign of any new manager bounce on Friday.

The goal came from Robert Navarro after 51 minutes. The midfielder deftly cushioned a pass from Ruben Alcaraz and let it bounce once before volleying past Augusto Batalla.

Granada came more into the game after going behind and Bruno Mendez missed a late chance to equalise. At the other end, Cadiz striker Juanmi had a goal ruled out for a foul.

The defeat left Granada second from bottom on the table and needing a miracle to avoid relegation.

They are 11 points adrift of Cadiz and 13 behind fourth-bottom club Celta Vigo. Three clubs go down to the second division.

"Once again we've not got the result," Gerard Gumbau told broadcaster DAZN.

"We're shaken. There is little time left and we're a long way back. ... The new coach as come to change our mentality and we're doing that, but there isn't much time left."

Cadiz, meanwhile, can dare to dream of another season in the top flight. The win was their second in three games.

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