Narrow victory over Granada

October 31, 2016

With three draws and no wins to their name this season, it looked like the result of Saturday’s match against Granada was a forgone conclusion. However, anyone expecting to see another goal-fest from the Catalans would have been sorely disappointed.

Despite dominating possession, Barça were incapable of making the most of the few chances they had. There were a handful of opportunities in the first half, but none of them came to anything. In the end fans had to wait until early in the second half for the only goal of the match. When Neymar struck the post just minutes after the break Rafinha pounced to break the deadlock.

Suarez looked like he might add to the goal tally on a number of occasions, but each time the Granada keeper got to the ball. And Neymar had good opportunity to score shortly after the hour off a Sergi Roberto cross, only to see his attempt saved.

In the end Barcelona had to make do with that single goal, but at least they walked away with three more valuable points. However, the players must be disappointed not to have seen more goals, particularly ahead of their clash against Man City on Tuesday.

Rafinha (min 48)

Sevilla’s draw against Sporting means Barcelona now occupy the number two spot in the table. They trail Real Madrid by two points, with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla both a single point behind.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Real Madrid 10 7 3 0 28 10 24
2 Barcelona 10 7 1 2 30 12 22
3 Atletico Madrid 10 6 3 1 25 6 21
4 Sevilla 10 6 3 1 18 13 21
5 Villarreal 10 5 4 1 17 7 19
6 Real Sociedad 10 5 1 4 16 12 16
7 Athletic Bilbao 10 5 1 4 15 13 16
8 Eibar 10 4 3 3 16 14 15
9 Celta Vigo 10 4 2 4 16 20 14
10 Las Palmas 10 3 4 3 20 18 13
11 Malaga 10 3 3 4 14 14 12
12 Espanyol 10 2 5 3 13 17 11
13 Real Betis 10 3 2 5 11 20 11
14 Alaves 10 2 4 4 10 15 10
15 Leganes 10 3 1 6 9 19 10
16 Valencia 9 3 0 6 13 18 9
17 Sporting Gijon 10 2 3 5 8 19 9
18 Deportivo La Coruna 9 2 2 5 6 14 8
19 Osasuna 10 1 4 5 12 20 7
20 Granada 10 0 3 7 8 24 3

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