Granada vs Barcelona

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This is a match of Spain LaLiga 2023/2024, Matchday 9.
Kick off: 19:00 UTC Sunday Oct 8, 2023

Referee: Cesar Soto Grado, Spain
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada

Granada vs Barcelona Full Match Reports

Barcelona orchestrated a remarkable comeback from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw against Granada, leaving the Andalusian side crestfallen despite prolonging their best-ever undefeated streak against the Blaugrana in LaLiga (LL) to four encounters.

Granada embarked on a dream beginning when Gonzalo Villar’s interception led to Lucas Boyé threading a pass that dissected Bryan Zaragoza’s path. The finish, executed with finesse, eluded Marc-André ter Stegen’s grasp within the opening 20 seconds, providing the Nazaríes with an early advantage. Despite this fearless start, Granada found themselves pushed onto the back foot but showcased unwavering defensive resilience. Carlos Neva thwarted Ferran Torres’ attempt, while Miguel Rubio’s clearance fortuitously ricocheted into João Félix’s trajectory. André Ferreira demonstrated decisive goalkeeping to deny the forward.

As the match progressed, the home side’s organization compelled Barcelona to resort to long-range efforts, with Gavi, Félix, and Lamine Yamal all failing to breach Ferreira’s defenses. Zaragoza capitalized on another rare foray forward, orchestrated by Gerard Gumbau, to bamboozle Jules Koundé and Ter Stegen with impeccable footwork before calmly slotting the ball into the net. Koundé’s injury-induced departure added to Barcelona’s frustration, but they received a lifeline just before half-time. Amidst the chaos in Granada’s penalty area, Félix nudged the ball to Yamal, the 16-year-old prodigy, who delicately tapped it over the line, etching his name as the youngest-ever goalscorer in LL history.

Buoyed by this historic moment, Barcelona launched a relentless offensive in the second half, with Fermín López’s instinctive shot competently dealt with by Ferreira. Paco López responded with a triple substitution shortly before the hour mark, and Boyé’s unorthodox attempt from Gumbau’s free-kick delivery agonizingly skidded wide moments later. Despite the growing frustration among the home crowd due to referee César Soto Grado’s decisions, they erupted in jubilation when Ferreira thwarted Torres’ point-blank range effort following Ronald Araújo’s knockdown.

However, Granada’s resilience ultimately faltered, as Sergi Roberto managed to divert Alejandro Balde’s delivery into the net off the goalkeeper’s touch in the 86th minute. Although Félix’s header aimed for victory was annulled due to offside, Roberto’s contribution sufficed to preserve Barcelona’s unblemished record in all competitions this season. In contrast, López’s squad settled for their third consecutive draw, extending their winless streak to six matches.

The accolade of the aHighlight Man of the Match was bestowed upon Bryan Zaragoza of Granada, whose stellar performance illuminated the encounter.