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Lanzarote goal gives Espanyol win

Manuel Lanzarote's gave Espanyol the win against Granada.
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Espanyol won 1-0 at 10-man Granada thanks to Manuel Lanzarote's 76th-minute free kick on Sunday, keeping the Barcelona-based side unbeaten through four rounds of the Spanish league.

Lanzarote gently curled the ball off the post and into the net from a free kick inside Granada's area awarded to Espanyol after the referee ruled that goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez had handled a back pass from a defender.

Televised replays showed that the ball appeared to take a deflection off an Espanyol player, suggesting that the free kick should not have been given.

Granada's tempers boiled over in the 82nd when substitute Odion Ighalo received back-to-back bookings, both for protesting to the referee.

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