Win not enough to save Eibar

      Eibar saw their first ever season in the Primera Division come to an agonising end as they were relegated despite easing to a 3-0 win over Cordoba.Mikel Arruabarrena, Raul Navas and Ander Capa all scored in a rampant first half for Gaizka Garitano's side, but their Primera Division dream was killed off as Diogo Salomao's late equaliser at the Nou Camp forced a 2-2 draw between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona.The Galicians stay in the top flight thanks to their superior head-to-head record over Eibar, while Granada also stay up thanks to their goalless draw with Atletico Madrid.Before this match Eibar had managed just one win in the second half of the season, but they wasted no time in taking the lead as captain Arruabarrena powered in a header from close range following Capa's cross.They scored again just five minutes later as Navas rose highest to head in from a corner.Saul Berjon came close to scoring the third after taking on a Cordoba defender but his chipped effort sailed just over the bar so it was left to Capa to score next, smashing the ball past goalkeeper Mikel Saizar from the edge of the area.Cordoba, who finish the season with a miserable 20 points and just three wins - the same number of managers that have taken charge of the team this term - finally woke up towards the end of the first half, and Luso and Deivid both came close to getting a goal back.Eibar could not maintain the same intensity in attack in the second half, although Capa would have scored a fourth had Saizar not produced a fine save.News of Salomao's equaliser began to filter through to Ipurua in the final few minutes of the game, killing the joyous atmosphere inside the stadium, and Eibar were powerless to prevent their return to the Segunda Division A.
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        Granada 2-0 Cordoba

        Granada ensured they remain in the fight to avoid relegation by beating Cordoba 2-0 in an Andalusian derby at El Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium, with the visitors finishing the game with nine men.Inigo Lopez was given his marching orders on the half hour and Diego Mainz capitalised by giving Granada the lead on the stroke of half-time.Youssef El Arabi scored from the spot midway through the second half to finish off the game as a contest, which became even more one-sided when Fede Cartabia talked himself into a red card later on with 12 minutes to go.This was Granada's second victory in a row under new coach Jose Ramon Sandoval, who in just two games in charge has pulled off back-to-back wins, something his predecessors Abel Resino and Joaquin Caparros failed to do this season.Granada stay in the relegation zone but move on to 31 points and are now level with Eibar, who lost 2-0 to Espanyol on Friday and occupy the last position outside the bottom three.Cordoba were relegated to the Segunda Division A last week, and despite the insistence from their players they would give everything in their remaining matches, they were the second best team on the pitch for the 90 minutes, leaking goalscoring chances even when they had 11 men on the pitch.The first opportunity fell to El Arabi following an early corner but he failed to hit the target, while goalkeeper Juan Carlos had to save efforts from Mainz and Piti.Granada began to dominate the play even more once Lopez was shown a second yellow card for a foul on El Arabi, with Jean-Sylvain Babin hitting the post and Ruben Perez going close before Mainz broke the deadlock just before the break.Piti, a former charge of Sandoval with Rayo Vallecano, swung in a free-kick and Mainz evaded his marker Deivid to head in a third goal in six games.Granada continued to call the shots in the second half and El Arabi doubled their lead from the spot after Ruben Rochina was fouled by Aleksandar Pantic, adding to the two goals he scored against Getafe last week.Cordoba have not won a single game in the second half of the season and Cartabia's display of petulance summed up their disastrous campaign.The Argentinian was awarded a foul but demanded a yellow card for his opponent and instead received two bookings himself in a matter of seconds for shouting repeatedly at referee Fernando Teixiera Vitienes. ends
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