Spanish La Liga
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Granada 1-3 Barcelona

Luis Suarez congratulates Ivan Rakitic
Luis Suarez created the opener for Ivan Rakitic during the first half
  • Suarez scores one and creates two
  • Barca cut gap to Real Madrid to a point
  • Real face Villarreal on Sunday

Luis Suarez scored one and created two goals as Barcelona cut the gap to La Liga leaders Real Madrid with victory at Granada.

The Uruguayan's cross-shot allowed Ivan Rakitic to turn into an empty net for the opener and he doubled the lead, poking home after half-time.

Fran Rico's penalty gave Granada hope but Suarez rounded the keeper to create a tap-in for Lionel Messi.

Barca are just a point behind Real, who host Villarreal on Sunday at 20:00 GMT.

A win would restore Los Blancos' four-point cushion and they visit Barcelona on 22 March.

All Luis Enrique's side can do between now and then is win to keep their title-hopes alive and in facing a Granada side with just one victory in 21 matches, such an outcome was expected.

Granada - 19th in La Liga - have managed just 16 league goals in the campaign, 11 fewer than Messi alone.

But the diminutive Argentine was outshone as Suarez, who scored twice in Barca's midweek win at Manchester City, took his tally to 10 goals and 14 assists in 24 games since joining the Catalan club.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have scored 49 of Barcelona's 70 league goals this season

His well-timed run and wild volley across goal gifted Rakitic the first and the goalscorer returned the compliment after the break, sending Suarez clear to stab the ball past the on-rushing keeper.

This was not vintage Barcelona but with Luis Enrique resting key players such as Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Villarreal, his side did enough.

Despite some criticism of Enrique, not least after defeat to Malaga last weekend, his side are still in the hunt for three trophies.

Though Rico's penalty - awarded when Marc Bartra fouled Lass Bangoura - briefly posed questions, Rakitic and Suarez combined decisively.

The former Liverpool striker raced onto the Croatian's reverse pass and rounded Granada keeper Oier Olazabal before unselfishly presenting Messi with a tap-in to settle the contest.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique: "Ever since he arrived, Suarez has been playing top-class football and working very hard. He may look more spectacular now and people are seeing more of him, but he has always been a special player that does a lot for the team."

Elsewhere in La Liga on Saturday Alberto Bueno scored four goals in 16 minutes as Rayo Vallecano beat Levante, who remain in the bottom three.

Relegation-threatened Almeria and Deportivo La Coruna played out a goalless draw, while Malaga overcame Getafe 3-2.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez volleyed left-footed across goal to create the opening goal for Ivan Rakitic
Oier Olazabal and Luis Suarez
Granada goalkeeper Oier Olazabal could not stop Luis Suarez from rounding him, allowing the striker to create Lionel Messi's goal

Line-ups

Granada

  • 1Olazábal Paredes
  • 2Nyom
  • 6Claude Babin
  • 19Torres Ruiz
  • 22Foulquier
  • 21Ibáñez Castro
  • 16Iturra
  • 4Rico Castro
  • 15BangouraBooked at 86minsSubstituted forCandeiasat 78'minutes
  • 18CórdobaSubstituted forSuccessat 78'minutes
  • 8Márquez MorenoBooked at 3minsSubstituted forRochina Naixesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martins
  • 7Candeias
  • 12Pérez del Mármol
  • 13Fernández Alvalleros
  • 23Rochina Naixes
  • 24Murillo
  • 29Success

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 15Bartra
  • 24MathieuBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBusquetsat 75'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 14Mascherano
  • 6XaviSubstituted forRafinhaat 65'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezBooked at 15minsSubstituted forPedroat 79'minutes
  • 11NeymarBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Montoya
  • 5Busquets
  • 7Pedro
  • 8Iniesta
  • 12Rafinha
  • 21Adriano
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
18,119

Match Stats

Home TeamGranadaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 3.

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

Foul by Cala (Granada CF).

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

Foul by Fran Rico (Granada CF).

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

Hand ball by Robert Ibáñez (Granada CF).

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross.

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rubén Rochina (Granada CF).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Oier.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neymar.

Attempt missed. Marc Bartra (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Cala.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

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

Foul by Manuel Iturra (Granada CF).

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

Foul by Babin (Granada CF).

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

Hand ball by Success (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Daniel Candeias replaces Lass because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Success replaces Jhon Córdoba.

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neymar.

Attempt missed. Manuel Iturra (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dimitri Foulquier with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets replaces Jeremy Mathieu.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Babin.

Attempt saved. Rubén Rochina (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert Ibáñez.

Goal!

Goal! Granada CF 1, Barcelona 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

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

Foul by Fran Rico (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Rubén Rochina replaces Javi Márquez.

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

Foul by Nyom (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Xavi.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Cala (Granada CF).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 28th February 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid24200474225260
2Barcelona25192470155559
3Atl Madrid24172550222853
4Valencia24155443212250
5Sevilla24143742301245
6Villarreal24135638221644
7Malaga2512582929041
8Espanyol2595113236-432
9Celta Vigo248792524131
10Rayo Vallecano2592142843-1529
11Real Sociedad246992834-627
12Eibar2476112533-827
13Ath Bilbao2476112131-1027
14Getafe2575132235-1326
15Dep La Coruña2567122038-1825
16Almería2566132239-1724
17Elche2465132144-2323
18Levante2557132148-2722
19Granada25310121640-2419
20Córdoba2539131839-2118
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