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Arsenal legend Adams sets La Liga record in nightmare start to Granada reign

Date Posted,April 15, 2017

Tony Adams got off to a nightmare start as a manager in La Liga as his Granada side went down 3-0 to Celta Vigo.

Goals from Jozabed, Marcelo Diaz and Claudio Beauvue sealed all three points for Celta, who were effectively playing a reserve side having made 10 changes, in Andalusia as Arsenal legend Adams made a losing debut in the Granada dugout.

Adams had made history before a ball was kicked – setting a La Liga record as he named 11 different players with 11 different nationalities in his starting lineup.

The XI didn’t include a single Spaniard, and Granada were helpless to prevent their 20th defeat of the season.

Celta ran out 3-0 winners (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)
Granada are staring relegation in the face (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)

Celta’s opener was a defensive mess from Granada’s point of view, something that will have infuriated ex-England skipper Adams, a bruising centre-half in his playing days.

Guillermo Ochoa raced from his penalty area to head away the ball, but Wakaso Mubarak lost the challenge, and Beauvue slid through Fulham loanee Jozabed to dink the keeper.

The second was much more impressive, a 25-yard free-kick off the underside of the crossbar by Chile international Diaz.

Adams reacts on the touchline (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)

Celta added a third just three minutes later, Theo Bongonda sprinting away on the left and crashing a shot off the near post. Beauvue was on hand to finish the rebound for his first goal since recovering from a long-term injury.

The result leaves Granada seven points adrift of safety with just six games remaining and staring relegation straight in the face.

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