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Sevilla beats Granada 1-0 for 2nd win to start La Liga

By JOSEPH WILSON

Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Midfielder Joan Jordan scored in the second half to help Sevilla beat Granada 1-0 on the road and win its second match in as many rounds in the Spanish league on Friday.

Jordan, one of several summer signings by Sevilla, finished off a shot by Luuk de Jong that was blocked by a sliding defender after Jordan set up his striker in the 52nd minute.

Granada, promoted this season, succeeded through its pressure to disarm Sevilla's attack in the first half, but the host's efforts waned after Jordan's goal.

"We are very motivated and I think we can get a lot better," Jordan, a former Eibar player, said.

The visitors lost right back Sergio Reguilon when he couldn't recover from a hard head knock with Granada's Victor Diaz and was carried off on a stretcher in tears in the 18th.

Sevilla is coached by former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui. It won its opener last weekend at Espanyol 2-0.

Also, Levante striker Roger Marti converted two second-half penalties to complete a 2-1 comeback win over Villarreal.

Villarreal goalkeeper Andres Fernandez stopped the first penalty, but a video review revealed Fernandez left his line too early and the penalty was retaken.

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Updated August 23, 2019

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