Spanish La Liga
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Granada CF 1-0 Barcelona

Granada v Barcelona

Barcelona's hopes of retaining their La Liga title suffered a major setback with a surprise loss at lowly Granada.

Algeria midfielder Yacine Brahimi hit the winner, holding off Martin Montoya before finding the net.

Granada keeper Orestis Karnezis pushed out Lionel Messi's beautifully-flighted free-kick before saving at the feet of Sergio Busquets as Barca pressed.

Leaders Atletico Madrid will move four points clear of Barca if they win at relegation-threatened Getafe on Sunday.

Barca drop to third, with five matches remaining, after Real Madrid eased to a 4-0 win over second-bottom Almeria at the Bernabeu.

The Catalans knew they would provisionally move top of La Liga with a win that most expected them to earn at Granada.

But, despite enjoying over 80% of the possession, they were unable to cancel out Brahimi's early opener, adding further misery to an already wretched week.

Fresh from their Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico, Barca found themselves trailing when the Algeria international outpaced Montoya before beating goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto with a powerful angled drive.

The visitors upped the tempo with Karnezis pushing Neymar's curling effort wide and Cesc Fabregas having a shot blocked by Granada's on-loan Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori.

After the break, Barca continued to pin back the hosts with an equaliser seemingly almost a matter of time.

But Gerardo Martino's men could not find a way past Granada's inspired goalkeeper Karnezis. The Greece international showed superb reactions to push away Fabregas' first-time shot, before clawing out a 20-yard free-kick from the largely anonymous Messi.

Then, he bravely dived at the feet of Busquets in the six-yard box following a corner.

With Barca pouring forward, Granada almost netted a second in the final moments as Youssef El Arabi raced clear on the counter before being denied by Pinto in a one-on-one situation.

But it mattered little as Barcelona, who face Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey final on Wednesday, suffered a second straight defeat.

Line-ups

Granada CF

  • 1Karnezis
  • 2Nyom
  • 22Foulquier
  • 18Iturra
  • 6Ilori
  • 24MurilloSubstituted forMainzat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Rico Castro
  • 14García del Pozo
  • 9El-Arabi
  • 20Medina LunaSubstituted forCoeffat 73'minutes
  • 10BrahimiSubstituted forBravoat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mainz
  • 7Ighalo
  • 13Fernández Alvalleros
  • 19Coeff
  • 28Fatau
  • 34Bravo
  • 36Success

Barcelona

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 2Montoya
  • 21AdrianoSubstituted forAlbaat 67'minutes
  • 17Song
  • 16BusquetsBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSánchezat 74'minutes
  • 14Mascherano
  • 4Fábregas
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10MessiBooked at 65mins
  • 7Pedro
  • 11NeymarBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 6Xavi
  • 9Sánchez
  • 18Alba
  • 20Tello
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 24Sergi
  • 25Olazábal Paredes
Referee:
Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
Attendance:
23,500

Match Stats

Home TeamGranada CFAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home19%
Away81%
Shots
Home5
Away29
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home1
Away13
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fran Rico.

Attempt missed. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Manuel Iturra (Granada CF).

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Diego Mainz replaces Jeison Murillo because of an injury.

Delay in match Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) because of an injury.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Attempt missed. Martín Montoya (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nyom.

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar.

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Bravo with a headed pass.

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez replaces Sergio Busquets.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexandre Song with a cross.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nyom (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Alexandre Coeff replaces Piti.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nyom.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jordi Alba replaces Adriano.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Christian Bravo replaces Yacine Brahimi.

Booking

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Nyom (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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