Barcelona draw with Granada
Today, Saturday, in the 20th round of the Spanish League, Barcelona lost two valuable points, with a draw against its host Granada, with a goal each.
Luc de Jong advanced for Barcelona in the 57th minute, and Antonio Puertas equalized for the Andalusian team in the 89th minute.
Barcelona raised its score to 32 points in sixth place, to waste the opportunity to jump to third place in the La Liga table.
Granada remained in twelfth place with 24 points.
First half events
Barca started the match with a different combination in all lines and scored an early goal by Luke de Jong. But the referee canceled it for offside.
Barcelona then continued to threaten its opponent’s goal. But with ineffective attempts by its strikers, Osman Dembele, Ferran Gutgla, and Luke de Jong.
As for the hosts, they were unable to threaten Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal throughout the first half.
Second half events
Barca’s first threat was from a Macisch shot at the start of the second half.
Barcelona players played recklessly and got more yellow cards. While Clement Lenglet took the place of Eric Garcia due to the latter’s suffering from an injury.
The Catalan team translated its relative advantage with a goal scored by Luc de Jong with a header, taking advantage of a perfect cross by Dani Alves.
Then Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez changed his offensive skin by involving Memphis Depay and Abdel-Samad El-Zalzouli in the place of De Jong and Gutgla, while the three midfielders Busquets, Nico Gonzalez, and Jaffe retreated.
Granada pressed hard in pursuit of a tie, and Jaffe was involved in a second yellow card, to be sent off, which made matters worse for Barcelona during the last 10 minutes.
Granada players got many corner kicks, and from one of them, the ball stumbled in the bodies of Barcelona players, to be met by Antonio Puertas with a powerful shot in the right scissors, to score the equalizer in a fatal time.
The excitement did not stop there, but Ter Stegen passed the ball very recklessly to the Granada striker. Who tried to deposit it in the net. But the German goalkeeper corrected the situation and corrected his mistake by blocking the ball, to save his goal. And he deprived the Andalusian team of a confirmed second goal. Before the referee whistled The end after six minutes of overtime.