However, the wheels came off on Sunday as they crashed to a 6-1 defeat away to Atletico Madrid, who tore Granada's usually solid defense apart time after time.
Midfielder Unai Lopez scored twice as Athletic Club Bilbao won 2-1 away to Eibar.
Greece's fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had to dig deep to outlast Jaume Munar 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 after three hours and 12 minutes to advance, while Andrey Rublev of Russia also recovered from two sets down to dispatch American Sam Querrey 6-7(5), 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 to claim the first-round win. Enditem
But overheated discussions about the future of the 55-year-old and the club's risky cost-saving policy might deliver some glimpses into the Bavarians agitated mood ahead of the German Supercup against Borussia Dortmund this Wednesday evening.
The runners-up, a joint team from Liaoning and Sichuan, finished in 3:53.12, and Guangdong took the third place in 3:53.39. Enditem
Lincoln put the hosts ahead with a low strike after a counter-attack in the 26th minute and Fiorentina loanee Pedro capitalized on Gabriel Barbosa's unselfish slide-rule pass to double the lead on the half-hour mark.
"It is going to be a race for all, full of surprises, that will allow you to test yourself either running alone on the route of your choice, or being joined by a small number of friends and/or family members," read the SEGAS statement. Enditem
Airgoal is paying more attention to the domestic market, given the fact that China has been promoting school sports in recent years.
Shandong's Ji Xinjie, who won the title in the men's 400m freestyle on Sunday, secured his second gold medal in the men's 200m freestyle in 1:47.42 on Monday.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh from Thailand won the other group on Saturday.
Real Madrid could have had a second when Luka Modric hit the post.