Victory against Granada

April 3, 2017

Sunday night saw FC Barcelona face Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes. With Real Madrid heading the table after beating Alaves earlier in the afternoon it was essential for Barça to win. The squad was without Leo Messi who was forced to watch the match from the sidelines because of suspension.

Despite their usual dominance of possession it wasn’t until just before the break that Luis Suarez scored the opener. At least that allowed Barcelona to breath a little easier when the whistle sounded to mark the end of the first period. But five minutes into the second half Boga equalised, making those three points seem a lot less than secure.

Four minutes after the hour though Suarez assisted Alcacer to put the visitors ahead again. The last ten minutes saw the hosts go down a man after Agbo received a second yellow card. Soon after Rakitic increased the lead to seal the victory. Neymar added a fourth in injury time for a final score of 4-1.

0-1 Suárez (min 44)
1-1 Boga (min 50)
1-2 Alcácer (min 64)
1-3 Rakitic (min 83)
1-4 Neymar (min 90+1)

Barcelona remain two points behind Madrid in what is now a two horse race for the league title. On Wednesday Barcelona faces Sevilla, a considerably tougher job than Madrid has against Leganes. And Madrid has a game in hand still.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Real Madrid 28 21 5 2 74 28 68
2 Barcelona 29 20 6 3 85 26 66
3 Atletico Madrid 29 17 7 5 54 23 58
4 Sevilla 29 17 7 5 52 34 58
5 Real Sociedad 29 15 4 10 43 40 49
6 Villarreal 29 13 9 7 41 23 48
7 Athletic Bilbao 29 14 5 10 37 33 47
8 Eibar 29 12 8 9 47 41 44
9 Espanyol 29 11 10 8 42 40 43
10 Alaves 29 10 10 9 29 36 40
11 Celta Vigo 27 11 5 11 40 45 38
12 Las Palmas 28 9 8 11 44 45 35
13 Valencia 29 9 6 14 41 51 33
14 Real Betis 29 8 7 14 32 46 31
15 Malaga 29 6 9 14 33 47 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 29 6 9 14 31 46 27
17 Leganes 29 6 9 14 23 42 27
18 Sporting Gijon 29 5 7 17 31 57 22
19 Granada 29 4 7 18 26 62 19
20 Osasuna 29 1 8 20 29 69 11

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