Tiomanna Barcelona conceded a late equalizer when Granada got a late point in Andalusia thanks to Antonio Puerta’s strike on Saturday night.
Luuk de Jong appeared to have broken the deadlock early when he nodded in Gavi’s cross, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR check due to previous offside.
It was a first half of some highlights in truth, with Granada happy to sit back, absorb the pressure and then break with the pace on the counter.
However, Barça clicked in gear in the second period and found the breakthrough when De Jong nodded in Dani Alve’s brilliant cross beyond Luis Maximiano.
While Granada were pretty wasteful with their shot and struggled to create clear chances, a second yellow card for Gavi opened the door for the hosts to press on during the last ten minutes with a player advantage.
That was far too lenient! 89 minutes into the game, Puertas almost gave the visitors the lead, as he clipped a delicate lob over the keeper, but the ball glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
The result means that Xavi’s team missed the chance to jump up to third in La Liga and instead remain sixth, even though they are only one point from the Champions League qualifiers.
Pique had an action game / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – 5/10 – Went down heavily to keep Machis out. Grenada almost gave a late win with a bit careless distribution.
Dani Alves (RB) – 8/10 – His first Barça appearance since 2016 and celebrated it with a wonderful cross for De Jong’s premiere. Made some important challenges and wiretaps.
Gerard Pique (CB) – 7/10 – Dominant in the air and used the ball well. Missed a decent chance from a Dembele post. Was booked and somehow avoided a second yellow for a wild outcome.
Eric Garcia (CB) – 6/10 – Exactly with his pass and made a handful of tackles and clearances before he needed to be pulled back due to injury.
Jordi Alba (LB) – 6/10 – Steady enough after missing Barça’s last two matches.
Gavi was expelled / Fran Santiago / GettyImages
Gavi (CM) – 3/10 – Picked down Suarez with a fierce challenge for a yellow card. Did not have the best night and took a second yellow in the second half to leave his side in the lurch.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 6/10 – A typical Busquets performance. Resisting Granada’s pressing good, recovered the ball and pulled out some nice turns. Definitely slow down at 33, mind.
Nico (CM) – 7/10 – Showed some nice handshakes and dribbles to get away from Granada’s midfielder.
De Jong took the winner / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages
Ousmane Dembele (RW) – 7/10 – An exciting presence on the right, either shoots from a distance or creates opportunities for his teammates.
Luuk de Jong (ST) – 8/10 – Got a well taken nod failed and almost opened goal again with a bold scorpion kick. Finally got his goal when he remade Alve’s post. Pulled back on the hour mark.
Ferran Jutgla (LW) – 5/10 – The only real possibility was a shot outside the penalty area that went far outside Granada’s goal.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – 5/10 – Booked within moments of replacing Garcia.
Abde Ezzalzouli (LW) – 5/10 – Received a yellow card.
Memphis Depay (ST) – 5/10 – Also booked.
Alvaro Sanz (CM) – N / A
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