Spanish La Liga

Granada 1-3 Barcelona

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
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



Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Montoya
  • 5Busquets
  • 7Pedro
  • 8Iniesta
  • 12Rafinha
  • 21Correia
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Match Stats

Home TeamGranadaAway TeamBarcelona
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cala (Granada CF).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fran Rico (Granada CF).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Robert Ibáñez (Granada CF).

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rubén Rochina (Granada CF).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Oier.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Cala.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Iturra (Granada CF).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Babin (Granada CF).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 28th February 2015

As It Stood

1Real Madrid24200474225260
3Atl Madrid24172550222853
9Celta Vigo248792524131
10Rayo Vallecano2592142843-1529
11Real Sociedad246992834-627
13Ath Bilbao2476112131-1027
15Dep La Coruña2567122038-1825
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