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Barcelona 1-0 Granada: Lionel Messi's second-half strike strike gives Quique Setien win on debut

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi was often crowded out by a disciplined Granada defence

Lionel Messi's second-half strike against 10-man Granada gave new coach Quique Setien a winning start at Barcelona, but it was not a convincing display by the La Liga champions.

Barca had more than 80% of the possession, but the build-up was often slow and ponderous at the Camp Nou. Setien's tactics for Barcelona's attack was to try to go through the middle of the backline, but more often than not they were suffocated by a well-drilled defence.

That defence lost a man when German Sanchez was shown a second yellow in the 69th minute for a foul on Messi, and seven minutes later Barcelona were ahead.

The home side persisted with the tactic of going through the middle as the Argentine linked up with Antoine Griezmann; he found Arturo Vidal, whose drag-back teed up Messi to stroke home.

It was a moment of vintage Barcelona, and the win puts them back on top of La Liga - ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.

Setien celebrated enthusiastically after the goal and on the final whistle, six days after replacing Ernesto Valverde at the Catalan club.

The 61-year-old, who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, had been out of work since he left Real Betis in the summer. He enhanced his reputation at the Seville side by leading them to sixth place and qualification for the Europa League.

Barcelona created very few other good chances. Teenager Ansu Fati, who started in a front three with Messi and Griezmann, had two early efforts, one of which resulted in a superb save from Rui Silva. And in the second half Messi's low strike struck the side-netting.

Granada spent most of the match defending, but a brief spell after the break saw them go close to scoring when Yan Eteki's firm low strike came off the post.

Barcelona's next match is a Copa del Rey quarter-final match at Ibiza on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 5Busquets
  • 31FatiSubstituted forPérezat 79'minutes
  • 22VidalSubstituted forArthurat 83'minutes
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forPuigat 71'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 10Messi
  • 17Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 8Arthur
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15Lenglet
  • 24Firpo
  • 27Pérez
  • 28Puig

Granada

  • 1Dantas da Silva
  • 16Díaz
  • 22Coutinho Meneses Duarte
  • 6SánchezBooked at 69mins
  • 2Foulquier
  • 8EtekiSubstituted forMartínezat 72'minutes
  • 4Gonalons
  • 7VadilloSubstituted forRodríguez Díazat 65'minutes
  • 12AzeezSubstituted forHerreraat 56'minutes
  • 23MachísBooked at 12mins
  • 24FernándezBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 5Martínez
  • 9Soldado
  • 10Rodríguez Díaz
  • 11Köybasi
  • 13Escandell
  • 15Neva
  • 21Herrera
Referee:
Valentín Pizarro Gómez
Attendance:
63,689

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamGranada
Possession
Home82%
Away18%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 1, Granada CF 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Granada CF 0.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by José Antonio Martínez.

Attempt saved. Darwin Machís (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Offside, Granada CF. Carlos Fernández tries a through ball, but Darwin Machís is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arthur.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carles Pérez.

Foul by Riqui Puig (Barcelona).

Maxime Gonalons (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Riqui Puig following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arthur replaces Arturo Vidal.

Foul by Carles Pérez (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Maxime Gonalons (Granada CF).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Darwin Machís (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Pérez replaces Ansu Fati.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Rui Silva.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 1, Granada CF 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. José Antonio Martínez replaces Yan Eteki.

Booking

Carlos Fernández (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Carlos Fernández (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Riqui Puig replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Germán Sánchez (Granada CF) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Germán Sánchez (Granada CF).

Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Yan Eteki (Granada CF) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Carlos Fernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Antonio Puertas replaces Álvaro Vadillo.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Vadillo (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Darwin Machís (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Domingos Duarte.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 19th January 2020

  • BarcelonaBarcelona1GranadaGranada0
  • MallorcaMallorca4ValenciaValencia1
  • Real BetisReal Betis3Real SociedadReal Sociedad0
  • VillarrealVillarreal1EspanyolEspanyol2
  • Ath BilbaoAthletic Bilbao1Celta VigoCelta Vigo1

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona20134350232743
2Real Madrid20127138132543
3Atl Madrid209832214835
4Sevilla2010552520535
5Getafe209652920933
6Real Sociedad209473328531
7Valencia208753029131
8Ath Bilbao207942114730
9Villarreal208483428628
10Granada208392526-127
11Real Betis207672932-327
12Levante2082102630-426
13Osasuna2051052625125
14Alavés206592129-823
15Real Valladolid2041061723-622
16Eibar2064102029-922
17Mallorca2053122234-1218
18Celta Vigo2037101730-1316
19Leganés2035121633-1714
20Espanyol2035121637-2114
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