La Liga

  • 25’ I. Rakitić
  • 48’ L. Suárez
  • 70’ L. Messi
0 Half Time 1
01/03/2015
La Liga
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes
Attendance 18,119

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      That's it! The referee sounds the whistle to signal the end of the match! Barcelona grab an important three points in the title chase.
    • 0'
      I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
    • 0'
      FULL TIME: GRANADA 1-3 BARCELONA. Great performance from the Nazaries, who can hold their heads high in defeat, but in the end it is the class of Luis Suarez and the Blaugrana that shines through to secure all three points for the visitors. It was far from straightforward for Luis Enrique's men, but
    • 0'
      HALF TIME: GRANADA 0-1 BARCELONA. Ivan Rakitic has the visitors in front at the break, as they attempt to put the pressure on Real Madrid, but it has been far from straightforward for them after 45 minutes. The hosts have not looked intimidated whatsoever and are pressing well for an equalizer. Jhon
    • 0'
      Youssef El-Arabi and Adrian Colunga are both suspended after picking up red cards against Levante on Monday, joining Emanuel Insua and Juan Carlos who serve the last game of their bans. The duo are replaced by Jhon Cordoba and Robert Ibanez. Just one other change for the hosts, with Juan Cala slotti
    • 0'
      Luis Enrique has to deal with just one new absentee, as Gerard Pique misses out due to suspension and is replaced by Jeremy Mathieu at the back. Javier Mascherano pushes up into midfield, replacing Sergio Busquets, allowing Marc Bartra to slot in alongside the centre-half. Xavi gets the start in mid
    • 0'
      GRANADA SUBS: Martins, Candeias, Perez, Roberto, Rochina, Murillo, Isaac.
    • 0'
      BARCELONA SUBS: Ter Stegen, Montoya, Busquets, Pedro, Iniesta, Rafinha, Correia.
    • 0'
      GRANADA (4-3-3): Oier; Nyom, Babin, Cala, Foulquier; Iturra, Rico, Marquez; Bangoura, Ibanez, Cordoba.
    • 0'
      BARCELONA (4-3-3): Bravo; Alves, Bartra, Mathieu, Alba; Mascherano, Xavi, Rakitic; Messi, Neymar, Suarez.
    • 0'
      CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
    • 0'
      Granada are struggling mightily this season and find themselves on the wrong end of the relegation battle as things currently stand. The Nazaries sit second from the bottom, four points from safety as they desperately try and stave off the drop. They are without a handful of first-choice players as
    • 0'
      Barcelona will attempt to put the pressure back on Real Madrid in their chase for the title, with Los Blancos not playing until Sunday. Luis Enrique's side sit four points back of first, following their 1-0 loss at the hands of Malaga last weekend. The Blaugrana suffered a defeat at this venue last
    • 0'
      Good day La Liga fans and welcome to Andalusia! The Los Carmenes is our venue this evening as Barcelona attempt to bounce back after a loss to Malaga last weekend when they take on relegation candidates Granada. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as
    • 1'
      The hosts kick-off and we are underway in Andalusia! Granada in red, Barcelona in yellow. Can the visitors avenge their defeat at this venue last season? We'll find out over the next two hours!
    • 3'
      Javi Márquez is cautioned by the referee.
    • 3'
      Nasty collision and the training staff for both teams has to come out earlier than anticipated here. Javi Marquez lunges forward dangerously to try and win a loose ball and gets his arm up high into the face of Dani Alves. The Brazilian is cut open, with blood coming from his nose and the Granada mi
    • 5'
      It is a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Granada, making for a wonderful afternoon for football. The visitors are dominating possession early, as is expected, but they are not moving the ball anywhere near quick enough to put the hosts under pressure thus far.
    • 7'
      Neymar poses the first threat of the match for Barcelona, dribbling past defenders at will on the left. He cuts back and runs to the top of the area before trying to lift a Messi-esque cross into the box, but doesn't get enough air under it as Granada manage to clear.
    • 9'
      Great work by the striker! Jhon Cordoba uses his big frame and soft touch to hold up the ball well and allow his teammates to get into attack. A cross into the box is only partially cleared, falling to Manuel Iturra atop the area, but it takes an unfriendly bounce and strikes his arm, bringing the a
    • 11'
      Some good build-up play from the visitors sets up Jordi Alba in space. The defender changes direction nicely and tries to pick out the run of Luis Suarez in the centre with a ball behind the defence, but Oier reads it well to dive out and make a simple catch.
    • 13'
      STAT ATTACK: Granada are unbeaten in their last six league matches at the Los Carmenes (W1, D5). They conceded just three goals over that span, and not once did they allow more than a single goal against.
    • 15'
      L. Suárez is cautioned by the referee.
    • 15'
      Barcelona are having a bit of trouble once they break into the final third, as some miscommunication has led to a number of errant passes into the box. Granada do not look at all nervous at the back defending well and frustrating the visitors. Play is stopped as Luis Suarez picks up a yellow card fo
    • 17'
      Great stuff from Cala and Dimitri Foulquier who smother Ivan Rakitic and prevent the midfielder from latching onto the end of a chipped pass into the area from Lionel Messi. The always vocal home support show their appreciation for the strong defensive work as another Barcelona attack fails to come
    • 19'
      OFFSIDE AT BOTH ENDS! Cordoba finds himself through on goal in the right channel, but the crowd is left disappointed as the flag is up. Back the other way come the visitors and Dani Alves sends a wonderful ball over the top for Suarez. The striker chips the ball over the keeper to continue his run,
    • 21'
      ANOTHER FLAG! Much better build-up play from Barcelona with Xavi, Suarez and Mascherano linking up with some clever one-touch passes. The Spaniard touches the ball into the path of Neymar, sending him through on the left, but the flag is up for offside yet again.
    • 23'
      SMART SAVE! The pressure is beginning to rise now as Barcelona mount attack after attack. Suarez does well on the left to elude Jean-Sylvain Babin before teeing up Xavi atop the area. The midfielder drives a shot at goal but it is a bit too close to Oier who is able to deflect it over the bar.
    • 24'
      Clever attempt! Granada win a corner and play it short. The original cross is dealt with, but Marquez is there to follow up with a header from an outrageous distance. Much to the relief of Bravo, however, it sails just over the bar and onto the top netting.
    • 25'
      G I. Rakitić Assist I. Rakitić
    • 25'
      BARCELONA FINALLY HAVE THEIR LEAD! An absolutely sensational ball from Alba over the top for Suarez is tracked down by the striker, with Oier failing to rush off his line and collect. He plays a ball across the face of goal, but no one meets it. Cala has a chance to clear, or just let it run, but in
    • 27'
      STAT ATTACK: Barcelona have won six consecutive away matches in all competitions, scoring 24 goals over that span. They have not won seven road matches in a row since November 2012 to January 2013.
    • 29'
      Granada manage a good spell in possession in and around the Barcelona area, keeping the visitors pinned in their own end. They are just lacking a good final ball at the moment, however, and Bartra gets a block in on a threatening looking shot, before Cordoba is called for an offside.
    • 31'
      Just past the half-hour mark now and Barcelona will be happy with the scoreline. They have not generated a whole lot of chances, as a result of some stout defending from Granada. The hosts are not backing down and are managing some solid possession of their own. You get the feeling that they just ma
    • 33'
      Bartra has been absolutely magnificent at the back today. He has his hands full with big Cordoba making noise up top, but has dealt with the threat soundly. He looks very comfortable in defence and that is a welcome sign with Gerard Pique unavailable due to suspension.
    • 35'
      Granada has enjoyed more possession since the Blaugrana opener, but are struggling to create. They are lacking a bit of inventiveness in the final third and are nearly made to pay as Barcelona counter before Messi cannons a right-footed volley just over the bar.
    • 37'
      NEEDS TO BE BETTER! A long ball is played over the top for Cordoba, who does brilliantly to bring the ball down under immense pressure from Bartra and Alba. He tees up Marquez for a shot, but he blazes it over the bar!
    • 39'
      THE CROWD IS UP IN ARMS! Bartra makes a superb tackle in the area on Cordoba, but the striker recovers and picks up the loose ball. Bartra slides in again, but this one is far more suspect. The Colombian goes down and the entire building seemingly shouts for a penalty. The referee is in a good posit
    • 41'
      Barcelona are trying to settle the game down now after a rather unnerving 10 minute spell for them. They are back in possession and really slowing the tempo with halftime approaching, content at heading into the break with a one-goal lead.
    • 43'
      FABULOUS SAVE! Marquez strikes the ball superbly from 25 yards out after latching onto the end of a pass, but can't believe his luck as Bravo dives across brilliantly to get a hand to it and tip it behind for a corner. Wonderful stuff from the hosts, who have been exceptional since falling behind.
    • 44'
      OFF THE POST! Oh how harsh that would have been on Granada! Barcelona counter brilliantly as Neymar sends a wonderful ball to the right for Alves. The defender takes his space and plays it into the area for Messi, but his redirection hits the woodwork. The flag is up on the Argentine, anyhow, so it
    • 45'
      There will be just one minute of time added onto the end of the half.
    • 46'
      Barcelona get the second half underway! No changes to tell you about at the break as the shadows begin to creep in, covering just over half the pitch now.
    • 47'
      THAT WAS THE CHANCE! Mathieu nearly costs his team the lead after carelessly giving away possession in his own end. Ibanez surges in along the left and crosses in for Cordoba, but Bravo dives out and collects at the vital moment!
    • 48'
      G L. Suárez Assist I. Rakitić
    • 48'
      I. Rakitić gave the assist.
    • 48'
      SUAREZ CONTINUES HIS FINE FORM AND DOUBLES BARCELONA'S LEAD! Rakitic plays a superb ball into the area and Suarez is just hungrier for it as he shows great strength and determination to beat Foulquier to it and slot home past Oier.
    • 50'
      STAT ATTACK: Barcelona have conceded just seven goals away from home in the league this season, by far the fewest of any team in the top flight. Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal are tied for second, allowing 13 each – nearly double.
    • 52'
      PENALTY TO GRANADA! Bangoura makes a strong run on the left and cuts into the area. Bartra stands his ground, but keeps his leg out and the attacker goes down immediately. The referee does not hesitate whatsoever in pointing to the spot!
    • 53'
      GRANADA PULL ONE BACK! Fran Rico makes no mistake! Bravo guesses right, but it is a perfectly struck penalty with power and pace, nestling just inside the far post. Game on!
    • 55'
      Neymar is cautioned by the referee.
    • 55'
      Well there is an awful lot to digest with just 10 minutes gone in this first half. After a lively start from the hosts, Suarez appears to put the game out of reach by doubling their lead, but Granada waste no time getting it back and are full of confidence now! The scoring appears to be far from ove
    • 57'
      Tremendous response from the underdogs, but you can hardly call them underdogs based on how they have performed today! Despite their place near the bottom of the table, they came into the match full of confidence and it has shown. They continue to press and are looking the more likely team to score
    • 58'
      J. Mathieu goes into the referee's book.
    • 59'
      Poor delivery! A strong run from Ibanez wins his side a free kick. The hosts pour men forward into the area, but the ensuing cross is not nearly flat enough and lacks pace, allowing Bravo to collect. That was a wasted chance, but Granada sense blood!
    • 61'
      CONTROVERSY! Granada are protesting as Mathieu dives into a challenge on the left, with Cordoba going down in a heap. In real time it looked like a clear foul and a yellow card, which would have been the defender's second. The hosts are in disbelief, but the replay shows there was no contact whatsoe
    • 63'
      STAT ATTACK: Granada have conceded just 10 goals at home this season. Only the teams currently in seventh place or higher have allowed fewer in front of their home fans this season. Granada’s six goals scored at home, however, are the least managed by any side, joining them with Almeria (nine) as th
    • 65'
      SI Rafinha SO I. Rakitić
    • 65'
      Rafinha enters the game and replaces Xavi.
    • 65'
      Barcelona make their first change, and it is Xavi who gives way. He jogs over to hand Messi the captain's armband before being replaced by Rafinha in midfield. He does not quite have the legs to play a full 90 minutes anymore.
    • 67'
      SI Rubén Rochina SO I. Rakitić
    • 67'
      Rubén Rochina enters the game and replaces Javi Márquez.
    • 67'
      The pace has slowed a bit after a frantic first 20 minutes of the second half. Granada are doing a superb job in midfield to prevent the visitors from controlling the play and keeping possession like they usually do. It has been far from straightforward for Barcelona and you get the sense that there
    • 69'
      Rico concedes a free kick in midfield, reaching in just too late, taking out the legs of Neymar. Barcelona take it quickly and Messi tries to play a ball over the top for the Brazilian but puts too much behind it as it runs out for a goal kick.
    • 70'
      G L. Messi Assist I. Rakitić
    • 70'
      The assist came from L. Suárez.
    • 70'
      UNSELFISH AS IT GETS FROM SUAREZ, AS BARCELONA DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! The striker chases down a ball over the top from who else but Rakitic, and nudges it past Oier. Cala is back to cover for the keeper, but Suarez has plenty of space to blast it home. Instead he rolls it into the path of Messi just a f
    • 72'
      PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Chaos inside the Barcelona area as they fail to deal with a cross. The ball takes a deflection off Alba and strikes the arm of Mascherano, but the referee says there was no time for the Argentine to react and does not give them the call this time around.
    • 74'
      Lionel Messi now has eight goals in seven starts against Granada in his career, with last season's 1-0 defeat at the Los Carmenes is the only smudge on an otherwise perfect record for Barcelona against Granada since the Andalusian club's return to the top flight in 2011 (W6, L1).
    • 75'
      SI Busquets SO I. Rakitić
    • 75'
      J. Mathieu is replaced with Busquets.
    • 76'
      Just under 15 minutes left now and Granada appear to be out of it now. They were full of life and eager to grab an equalizer, but the third Barcelona goal seems to have taken the wind out from under their sails.
    • 78'
      SI S. Isaac SO I. Rakitić
    • 78'
      S. Isaac enters play, replacing J. Córdoba.
    • 78'
      Barcelona are hungry for a fourth to really put this game to bed. They are finding much more space in attack with Granada forced to take chances, and Suarez latches onto the end of a long ball forward before teeing up Rakitic, but his shot is straight at Oier who manages to make the save and hold on
    • 79'
      SI Pedro SO I. Rakitić
    • 79'
      SI Candeias SO I. Rakitić
    • 79'
      Candeias enters play, replacing A. Bangoura.
    • 79'
      L. Suárez is replaced with Pedro.
    • 79'
      Pedro is set to come on here as the final Barcelona change replacing Luis Suarez. Jhon Cordoba is down and out for Granada, who can ill-afford another injury. The striker is forces to give way, with Isaac Success coming on in his place.
    • 81'
      JUST WIDE! More clever build-up from Barca. Rafinha plays a delightful ball into the area for Neymar, who brings it down well and spots Messi at the far post. The Argentine hits it first time, but can't pick out the bottom corner.
    • 83'
      The tempo has slowed significantly and the noise level inside the stadium has been drastically reduced. Granada can hold their heads high with how they preformed today despite a lengthy list of suspensions, but playing well will hardly do much for them in their fight to avoid the drop.
    • 85'
      STAT ATTACK: If they hold on, the win today would give Barcelona four consecutive away victories in the league for the first time since September of 2013. They have outscored their opponents 15-2 in their last three league matches away from home.
    • 86'
      A. Bangoura is yellow-carded.
    • 87'
      Barcelona continue to press and you can hardly blame them. It is very possible that goal differential will come into play at the end of the season, so they need as many as possible to keep pace with high-flying Real Madrid atop the table.
    • 89'
      HE RARELY MISSES THOSE! Tremendous run from Neymar along the left and he picks out Messi is acres of space atop the area. The Argentine runs into the box with the goal at his mercy, and you would bet a lot of money on him scoring from there. This time he drills a shot straight at Oier who stands fir
    • 90'
      Just two minutes to be added on here at the end of the match.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Defender
    spain
    Jordi Alba
    18

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Diego Martínez

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 18 8
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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