Barcelona faced Granada in their fifth league match of the season at Camp Nou. The Catalans were ranked 10th in the league before the clash and their opponents were 14th. Visitors have never won one game in the season leading to the clash and were very close to their first win tonight.
Barcelona installed another poor display at home, but had few real chances in the game. The team seemed to cross the ball to make a chance, and despair of attack options was obvious.
However, following this draw, Koeman is under even greater pressure as Barcelona slides down the ladder.
The match began in a dramatic way when Granada scored in just two minutes of play. Barcelona was still in their ditch when Dominguez Duarte surprised Camp Nou. The Portuguese calmly noticed the end of the cross and aimed the ball at the open net to give Granada an early lead.
The drama of the opening minutes did not end there. The fifth minute brought an additional dose. Barcelona penalized a Granada player in the 5th minute when he defeated him in the box. However, the referee shook the play and the request was rejected.
Visitors doubled the lead when Jorge Molina was given a stunning cross 11 minutes into the match. However, his shot was too tall for the Catalans to hold up.
Barcelona continued their efforts to create an equalizer for the next 10 minutes, but Diego Martinez’s side suppressed their nerves. Sergiño Dest put in a wonderful cross that was not available. Sergi Roberto floated the ball over Luis Masimiano, but when he hit the crossbar, the resulting corners painfully brought the host closer to the equalizer.
The visitor then took over the tempo for a short while, creating some openings around 20 minutes. A steep counter was promising on Cooman’s side in the 23rd minute, but Memphis Depay shot from a distance and couldn’t hit the target.
Granada’s Yan Brice Eteki collapsed in the 25th minute with a muscle injury, and Diego Martinez seemed to replace him. But the midfielder is back in a few minutes. Meanwhile, Ronald Araúho also informed the bench of back discomfort, and Oscar Mingesa began warming up.
Barcelona slowly increased ownership over the next 10 minutes. The host threatened to splice more paths, link well, and create opportunities. By 39 minutes, the Catalans had 77% ownership.
In the 42nd minute, Ronald Koeman was forced to change because Alejandro Barde was injured and unable to continue. Oscarmingeza came for his fellow La Masia companions. Just a little later, Monchu in Granada had a great chance to score a second goal at night. Marc Andre Terstegen made it astounding to prevent it.
It was 45 minutes that Koeman finally lit the fire. The chain of opportunities began with a thunderous header by Ronald Araúho at the penalty spot. However, Maximiank made a sensational save to deny the Uruguayans.
In the series of corners that followed, Kühl was biting his nails. Another header from Araujo widened before Sergio Busquets hit one towards the goal. Once again, the Granada goalkeeper confronted the mission and denied the Barcelona captain.
Both managers have made half-time changes on their side. Ronald Koeman brought Luke de Jong for Sergi Roberto, and Diego Martinez replaced Sergio Escudero with Carlos Neva.
Barcelona was silenced again in the second half of the opening 10 minutes. The accumulation was promising, but there was no threat to the goal. Ronald Federho made another spectacular chase in the 57th minute. His header was just the correct post width.
Two minutes later, Depay had a one-on-one chance against Maximiano. However, his shot was straight to the goalkeeper and turned comfortably. Gabi replaced Coutinho at the hour mark to put an end to the quiet outings of the Brazilians.
Granada made two changes in the 67th minute when Luis Suarez and Maxime Gonalons appeared. Yusuf Demir was defeated by Gonalons a minute later and Barcelona scored a free kick just outside the box. Depay’s free kick hit the wall and a handball call was made, but the referee immediately refused.
Koeman made two changes: Riqui Puig replaced Sergio Busquets and Gerard Piqué attacked Yusuf Demir as a center forward.
In the 79th minute, Depay’s corner gave us a great opportunity. The delivery was perfect and Luuk de Jong seemed ready to score the first Catalan goal. But he made it too expensive. Another header from Araujo after a few seconds was also comfortably saved by Maximiliano.
As of 83 minutes, Barcelona has Luuk de Jong, Pique and Araujo as strikers, a clear indication of despair and lack of choice. Koeman was booked to protest after a while as Barcelona continued to hunt desperately for redemption.
A drama spewed into the Granada Box one to three minutes after Arauho was defeated. The battle became awkward and a series of reservations, including the yellow color of Uruguay, went on.
Uruguay is Barcelona’s best player and got his reward in the 90th minute. Pique played the ball to Gabi, and 17-year-old Araúho provided the perfect assist to push behind the net. The equalizer has brought Camp Nou back to life.
4 minutes have been added. Ronald Federho continued his astonishing night as he dribbled his right wing and drove on a great pass to Pique who couldn’t finish it. Two more minutes were added after the confusion in the field.
Granada won a free kick just outside the box two minutes later. It was Araujo who cleared the ball again. Uruguayans were everywhere, defensive, offensive, and midfield. That is the end of the game.
– Soccer Sports
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