Would La Liga change leaders on Thursday? Since the start of 2021, the throne has been occupied by Atlético de Madrid, but the Colchoneros’ lead has melted over the weeks. And FC Barcelona, with this game late for the 33rd day to be played against Granada, had a golden opportunity to steal first place. Ronald Koeman set up his 3-5-2 with Messi and Griezmann at the forefront, and young Ilaix Moriba in midfield. The first alert on Granada’s goals came in the 9th minute, with a nice collective movement between De Jong and Griezmann. The Dutchman’s center back towards Messi was intercepted at the last minute.
The pace, rather leisurely, gave the Andalusians a chance to get out of their camp and try a few crosses, without however bringing any real danger to Ter Stegen’s goal. Griezmann, visibly inspired, signaled himself with a strike on a discount from Messi (19th). A promising complicity between the two men which was to be verified in the following action. A one-two interspersed with a splendid oriented control of the French, and Messi who perfectly crossed his shot for the opener (1-0, 23rd). The Argentinian was close to a double after a pass from Busquets but he did not catch the frame (36th). Barça, serious and domineering, still had to make the break after returning from the locker room.
Granada took advantage of defensive largesse
Griezmann continued his momentum from the first period, and offered himself a new opportunity with a pivot shot in the box (46th). Barça did not make the break and remained under the Andalusian threat. On a counter, Soldado was in a good position to strike after having caught Pique a cold but he chose the pass, and Umtiti could intervene (51st). In the process, Barça offered a new nice movement which ended with a cross from De Jong for Sergi Roberto whose volley finally fled the frame (53rd). Open and pleasant, the match remained undecided.
And on a counter, Molina eliminated Umtiti and launched Machis, well helped by the mistake of Mingueza. The attacker accelerated and deceived Ter Stegen on the closed angle (1-1, 63rd)! Barça was punished and Koeman saw red. At least in the eyes of the referee, who expelled the Batavian coach (66th). Dembélé was launched into the arena to bring his grain of madness but against all expectations, it was Grenade who was still striking against! On a cross from the left, Molina, 39 years old and came into play instead of Soldado, crossed his head and deceived Ter Stegen (1-2, 79th)! Incredible scenario at Camp Nou, especially in view of the Blaugrana domination in the first period. With this defeat, the first since the Clasico, Barça remains 3rd in Liga. Granada won for the first time in its history at Camp Nou.
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