Real Sociedad beat a nearly unrecognisable Granada side 2-0 on Sunday to return to the top of La Liga after the visitor’s attempt to get the game postponed due to a spate of coronavirus cases was turned down by authorities.

The positive cases and La Liga’s protocol, which barred any player who had travelled to Cyprus for Thursday’s Europa League fixture with Omonia from playing, meant Granada was forced to make nine changes from last week’s 1-1 draw with Levante and started with five players aged 20 or under.

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The federation and league organisers rejected Granada’s request to postpone the game, however, as the side was able to field seven players from its first-team squad, with rules stating matches can only be postponed if five or fewer first-team players are available.

Granada’s makeshift side made a decent start but…

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