Sandoval laments unjust defeat

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Granada head coach Jose Ramon Sandoval believes his team did not deserve to lose in their 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday.

Los Blancos took the lead through Karim Benzima up in the first half, before Youssef El-Arabi equalised for Granada.

The second half was a thrilling affair, with both teams attacking from one end to another, but the home side missed out on a draw when Luka Modric hit a wonder strike in the 85th minute to give his team all three points.

"It bothers me a lot because of the effort that the team put in," Sandoval said.

"The side did not deserve what the final score showed. It has now been two games against Madrid where we did all we could but were unable to score enough.

"But the ovation we got from the crowd gave the team a lot of spirit because they know how much effort the players put in, and that's all you can ask for when you play Madrid.

"They've come from destroying other teams and we made it difficult for them. We lost because of a goal from outside the box – a bit of genius from a player.

"Today, with Madrid winning, they will go home knowing they did not deserve to win. A draw would have been justice."