Jorge Molina and Roberto Soldado, 73 years old old between the two, placed Granada one step away from the quarterfinals of the Europa League with his goals against the Norwegian Molde, which the Andalusians defeated this Thursday 2-0 in the round of 16, showing that in football, as in music, there are old rockers who never die.
Jorge Molina, who in just one month will reach 39 years, scored 1-0 to establish himself as Granada’s top scorer this season and become the second oldest player to score in the history of the Europa League.
olgiven, that in May it will blow out the 36 candles of the cake, he was the author of the 2-0 against the Norwegian team with a great volley shot after a assistance from Jorge Molina himself.
The high number of casualties with which Granada faced the crash led to coach Diego Martínez to match the two in the eleven starter, a situation that this season only occurred in the Copa del Rey match against Navalcarnero, won by the rojiblancos 0-6 and in which both ends also scored.
The Atletico coach himself surrendered to the two players at the end of the clash, highlighting that for him, who is for a very short time older than them, it is “very emotional to be able to lead two such extraordinary professionals” and that they are “an example on and off the field.”
And it is that beyond the goals, between Soldier and Jorge Molina add 19 this season; or of the assistances, six between the two this course; His seniority, experience and contribution to other facets of Granada’s game, tangible or intangible, is very great.
A good example is the expulsion of the player from Martin Ellingsen Mold, which occurred after seeing a second yellow that the Polish referee Pawel Raczkowski did not take first but that he did show after the angry and intense protests of Soldier, claims that surely the braid had neither attended nor allowed another footballer with fewer stripes.
That red radically changed the clash, since the Mold went from being dominating to being dominated and, immediately afterwards, the Soldier himself scored the 2-0 to be replaced shortly after, going to the stands with all the duties done.
The veteran striker was one of the protagonists of a change that, like almost everything that has happened in Granada in recent months, was historical, since he left his siege to Isma Ruiz, a young midfielder of the subsidiary that becomes the first Granada footballer to play a European competition match with his team.
The 2-0 achieved by Granada is the same result obtained in the first leg of the round of 32 tie against Italian Naples.
Against the Neapolitans it was up to the Andalusians to defend that income in the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, while now the destination and the restrictions on the entry of foreigners in Norway have wanted that against Molde they have to do it next Thursday in another stadium named after a world soccer star, the Ferenc Puskas of Budapest (Hungary).
There he will look for Granada next Thursday sign one more page of his surprising, exciting and worthy first European adventure of its history, and score good goals in the first leg of Jorge Molina and Soldier, two forwards whose goals continue to fall from their pockets, two old rockers from the world of football who are more alive than ever.