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Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

Neymar scores in Barcelona win

Barcelona's impressive start to the La Liga season continued as Neymar's hat-trick helped them to demolish a poor Granada side at the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian tucked in with the aid of a deflection, before two quick goals effectively sealed Granada's fate.

Ivan Rakitic glanced in Lionel Messi's cross and Neymar pounced on a loose ball as Barca led 3-0 at half-time.

Neymar's third of the game was sandwiched by Messi's 400th and 401st career goals as Barca went top.

The comfortable victory was further evidence of Barcelona's impressive revival under new boss Luis Enrique, who took over from Argentine coach Tata Martino in the summer.

The former Barca midfielder, who made over 300 appearances between 1996 and 2004, has been tasked with bringing glory back to the Catalan club after a trophyless campaign under Martino.

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Barca finished second in La Liga after champions Atletico Madrid earned a final-day draw at the Nou Camp, meaning they did not win a competition in a single season for the first time since 2008.

Martino's side were accused by some critics of not playing in the attractive style expected by Barca fans and Enrique has remedied that by creating an attacking blend which has plundered 16 goals in six La Liga matches this season.

His team did fire a blank in a lacklustre goalless draw at Malaga in midweek, but they responded in fine fashion in front of their own fans.

Led by Messi and Neymar, Barca produced a sparkling offensive play which ran mid-table Granada ragged. And their defensive play was equally assured as they continued their remarkable record of not conceding a single goal in La Liga this season.

After a promising start, the visitors became the architects of their own downfall as a sloppy pass led to the first goal.

Neymar pounced on a loose ball from Granada midfielder Hector Yuste before seeing his low shot loop fortuitously off a defender and into the away net.

That allowed the home side to settle down and find their rhythm, with the double strike shortly before half-time putting them in command.

Messi skipped to the right byeline and clipped a cross into the middle where Croatia midfielder Rakitic was waiting to nod in.

Less than three minutes later, the Argentina captain was instrumental again. He fed a precise ball towards teenage attacker Munir, who was beaten to it by Granada keeper Roberto, only for the rebound to fall kindly for Neymar to tuck in.

Barcelona controlled possession after the break as Granada attempted to limit the damage, and added a fourth with a wonderful team goal. Xavi's raking pass was volleyed first time across the Granada goal by right-back Dani Alves and Messi headed in.

Neymar collected the Argentine's pass to become the first Brazilian to score a La Liga hat-trick for Barcelona since Rivaldo against Valencia in 2001, before Messi dispossessed a Granada defender to calmly slot in the sixth.

The comfortable victory moved them ahead of Valencia, who play Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Neymar scores in Barcelona win
Neymar collected the match ball after netting his first league hat-trick for Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Messi headed in the fourth for his 400th career goal and added another to take his tally to 359 for Barcelona and 42 for Argentina

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Dani AlvesBooked at 81mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 21Adriano
  • 6Xavi
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forBartraat 64'minutes
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forSergiat 58'minutes
  • 31El HaddadiSubstituted forRamírezat 71'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Montoya
  • 7Pedro
  • 8Iniesta
  • 15Bartra
  • 20Sergi
  • 29Ramírez

Granada

  • 13Fernández Alvalleros
  • 2Nyom
  • 6Claude Babin
  • 24Murillo
  • 22FoulquierBooked at 84mins
  • 4Rico CastroBooked at 34minsSubstituted forMedina Lunaat 45'minutes
  • 16Iturra
  • 7Yuste CantónSubstituted forPascual Israfilovat 45'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8Márquez Moreno
  • 29Success
  • 9El-ArabiSubstituted forMartinsat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olazábal Paredes
  • 3Martins
  • 5Mainz
  • 10Medina Luna
  • 12Nounkeu
  • 14Pascual Israfilov
  • 18Córdoba
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
72,596

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamGranada
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 6, Granada CF 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 6, Granada CF 0.

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

Piti (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Adriano (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

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

Foul by Eddy (Granada CF).

Attempt missed. Eddy (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

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

Attempt missed. Javi Márquez (Granada CF) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Piti.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Javi Márquez (Granada CF).

Booking

Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF).

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 6, Granada CF 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Dani Alves (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

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

Attempt blocked. Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luís Martins.

Attempt saved. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adriano.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

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

Foul by Javi Márquez (Granada CF).

Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luís Martins (Granada CF).

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Luís Martins replaces Youssef El-Arabi.

Offside, Granada CF. Luís Martins tries a through ball, but Youssef El-Arabi is caught offside.

Offside, Granada CF. Dimitri Foulquier tries a through ball, but Success is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sandro Ramírez replaces Munir El Haddadi.

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

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adriano.

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

Foul by Eddy (Granada CF).

goal

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