La Liga

  • Rafinha 48’
0 Half Time 0
30/10/2016
La Liga
Camp Nou
Attendance 82,914

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      The referee ends the contest.
    • 90'
      Cuenca sends a low ball into the box from the right, but there's only one Granada player in the box to attack, but Ter Stegen gathers anyway.
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      Lomban makes an important interception at the back to stop Roberto's low ball from reaching Neymar in the middle. The Granada defence have been extremely good tonight.
    • 0'
      Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
    • 0'
      Granada take a lot of heart from this result, despite their defeat. They played extremely well, especially at the back to thwart the home side. Should they take this form into their matches against the sides around them then they will have a chance to survival this term.
    • 0'
      It was far from a classic from Barcelona, but they did what they had to do to clinch the three points and keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga. Rafinha scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute in a match where Luis Enrique's stars struggled immensely.
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 1-0 GRANADA
    • 0'
      The players have emerged for the second half, so we should be back underway shortly.
    • 0'
      Luis Suarez spurned the best chance of the first half when he lost his footing after breaking behind the Granada defence and Ruben Vezo then dispossessed him. Luis Enrique will want to see much more from his team in the second half.
    • 0'
      It's goalless at the break at the Nou Camp as Barcelona have been far from their best against rock-bottom Granada. It has been a match of few chances as the home side have struggled for rhythm in the final third and have been restricted by solid defending from Lucas Alcaraz's men.
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 0-0 GRANADA
    • 0'
      The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
    • 0'
      Granada have made three changes from their draw against Sporting Gijon. Matthieu Saunier, Mehdi Carcela and Jon Toral all come into the starting line-up as Alcaraz opts to go with five men at the back tonight.
    • 0'
      Barcelona have made three changes from their win over Valenica last week. Denis Suarez, Rafinha and Ivan Rakitic come into the side to replace Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Andre Gomes to completely alter the middle of the park. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar lead the formidable three-pr
    • 0'
      Granada subs: Tito, Barral, Oier, Atzili, Angban, Samper, Boga.
    • 0'
      Granada (5-4-1): Ochoa; Cuenca, Vezo, Lomban, Saunier, Silva; Carcela, Toral, Agbo, Pereira; Kravets.
    • 0'
      Barcelona subs: Andre Gomes, Marlon, Carles Alena, Nili, Busquets, Cillessen, Alcacer.
    • 0'
      Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Denis Suarez, Rakitic, Rafinha; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
    • 0'
      The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
    • 0'
      Granada are rock bottom of LaLiga after claiming just three points from their opening nine fixtures. Lucas Alcaraz's men ended a run of four-straight defeats last time out in their goalless draw against Sporting Gijon, but the odds are stacked against them tonight.
    • 0'
      Luis Enrique's men will be desperate to close the gap on Real Madrid at the top of the table following Zinedine Zidane's side's win over Alaves this afternoon. Madrid extended their lead to five points, but Barca can close the deficit back to two points with a win this evening.
    • 0'
      Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Granada at the Nou Camp.
    • 1'
      Agbo finds space in the penalty area and turns his man to reach the byline. He tries a speculative effort from a tight angle, which is comfortably saved by Ter Stegen.
    • 1'
      We're underway at the Nou Camp.
    • 2'
      Barcelona probe away on the edge of the Granada box, but Roberto's header forward to Suarez catches the Uruguayan in an offside position.
    • 4'
      Messi arcs a pass over the top of the Granada defence for Neymar's run, but the Brazilian fails to make contact with the ball, allowing Ochoa to claim.
    • 5'
      Silva latches on to Pereira's throughball and races into the final third, but as the left-back shoots the referee pulls play back for offside. A late flag from the linesman.
    • 7'
      SHOT! Neymar raids down the left flank and cuts the ball back across the edge of the box to Messi, but the Argentine's strike is blocked into the hands of Ochoa.
    • 9'
      Granada get another poor offside call given against them as Kravets is flagged by the linesman as he attempts to break into the box. The striker was in line with Umtiti there.
    • 11'
      Silva gets booked and again it's a marginal call against Granada. The left-back clashed in the air with Roberto and had no idea the Barcelona man was there as he made contact as his eyes were fixed on the ball.
    • 13'
      OFFSIDE! Barcelona are now the subject of a poor call as Mascherano picks out Neymar with a sublime pass over the top, but the Brazilian is incorrectly ruled offside. Not the best start from the officials.
    • 14'
      Roberto gets down the flank and sends a low ball across the face of goal, but it evades Suarez and Neymar at the back post, allowing Vezo to clear.
    • 16'
      Saunier gets a vital foot in at the back to prevent Neymar's low cross from finding Messi. It has been a decent start from the visitors defensively.
    • 18'
      Barcelona's passing in the final third is not quite clicking at the moment. They will be patient, but their close-range passes are not finding their targets yet.
    • 19'
      Messi sees his pass blocked on the edge of the box, but it allows Suarez to gather the loose ball to feed Neymar. The Brazilian curls the ball towards the net, but it drifts wide of the target. That was neither a cross or a shot, he seemed in two minds there.
    • 21'
      Messi lifts a sublime lofted pass into the six-yard box, but Suarez slips at the vital moment allowing Ochoa to gather the cross.
    • 22'
      Barcelona raid down the left and Neymar does brilliantly to keep the ball in play and find Digne. The home side win a corner as Lomban sends the ball behind with a headed clearance.
    • 23'
      From the resulting set-piece Messi lifts a cross into the box and Rakitic gets the better of his man in the air, although he sends his headed effort harmlessly past the post.
    • 25'
      Toral feeds Pereira down the left flank and the winger has space to raid into. He sends a low ball into the area for Kravets, but it's a poor delivery allowing Umtiti to clear with ease.
    • 27'
      Suarez breaks into the channel but is followed by Saunier. The Uruguayan tries to get round the defender, but can only win a corner for his team.
    • 28'
      CHANCE! Suarez is put through on goal as Vezo misses his header with only Ochoa to beat. However, he loses his footing at the vital moment and Vezo comes back at him with a great challenge to close the opening.
    • 28'
      Umtiti wins the header from the resulting corner by latching on to Neymar's cross, but he can only guide his header at Ochoa.
    • 30'
      Barcelona win a free-kick in a decent position as Messi is brought down by Saunier. The Argentine will take the set-piece 30 yards from goal.
    • 31'
      Messi smashes his effort straight into the wall and the visitors clear the danger down the left flank.
    • 32'
      Roberto is played into space on the right flank and has time to deliver a cross, but Silva rises highest to head the ball clear. Barcelona's final ball has been poor thus far this evening.
    • 34'
      SHOT! Rafinha lines up an effort from distance, and although his strike appeared to be heading off target a deflection off Lomban allows the the home side to win a corner.
    • 35'
      SAVE! A loose ball falls to Suarez on the edge of the box and he turns to shoot towards the bottom corner. Ochoa reads the danger and gets down low to his left to make the stop.
    • 37'
      Barcelona are not at full tilt so far this evening. Their play in the final third has not been sharp enough to cut through the organised Granada defence. Enrique will want to see more urgency before the break.
    • 39'
      Suarez turns into space down the right flank and sends a low ball across the face of goal to force Vezo into action to steer it behind for a Barcelona corner.
    • 40'
      The home side play a short corner, but that fails as Denis Suarez loses possession and Pereira hacks the ball clear off the deck.
    • 41'
      Agbo has space to break into after winning the ball, but he opts to play a short pass and loses possession as Toral is not on the same wavelength as his midfield partner.
    • 42'
      Granada break on the counter through Pereira and he releases Kravets down the right flank. The striker attempts to pick out Carcela's forward run into the right inside channel, but Umtiti cuts it out and clears.
    • 44'
      They pass up the opportunity to threaten the Barcelona goal by passing the ball around the centre circle before losing possession through Cuenca's long ball. A wasted chance there from Alcaraz's men.
    • 44'
      The visitors win a rare free-kick and Alcaraz gives permission for his central defenders to advance into the Barcelona box.
    • 45'
      The referee ends the first half.
    • 46'
      We're back underway at the Nou Camp.
    • 48'
      G Rafinha Assist Andreas Pereira
    • 48'
      GOAL!!!! Barcelona take the lead as Rafinha acrobatically finds the net. The home side cut through the Granada defence and Rafinha teed up Neymar to strike from close range, but he hit the post. The rebound fell back to the midfielder who scored with an overhead kick.
    • 48'
      Carcela attempts to beat the offside trap to latch on to Cuenca's pass, but the lineman's flag is raised and the attack is prevented.
    • 50'
      Neymar races past two defenders on the left flank and attempts to pick out Messi in the box, but Vezo steps in to clear it away from the Argentine.
    • 52'
      Barcelona are still not firing on all cylinders in the final third, but are beginning to probe further into Granada's defences than they were in the first period.
    • 54'
      Carcela gets across just in time to prevent Digne from powering a low cross into the box. Ochoa tries to prevent the corner, but the ball trickles over the line and the home side can threaten once again.
    • 55'
      The visitors clear the danger from the corner with relative ease and are able to bring the ball away. Barcelona's final ball has been inconsistent to say the least this evening.
    • 56'
      Barcelon are playing a very high line and Pereira almost threads a pass through to Carcela, but it just gets cut out by Denis Suarez at the vital moment. This game remains in the balance.
    • 58'
      Carcela gives away a free-kick on the Barcelona left flank. Messi stands over the ball, can he deliver a quality cross?
    • 59'
      No, it's cleared with ease by the visitors and when the ball gets pumped back in long by Mascherano, Neymar is caught offside.
    • 60'
      SI J. Boga SO Andreas Pereira
    • 60'
      Pereira makes way for Boga for the visitors.
    • 62'
      CHANCE! Roberto raids down the flank and sends a good cross to the back post for Neymar. The Brazilian takes a neat first touch and then fires a left-footed volley at goal, only to be denied by a five save from Ochoa.
    • 63'
      Barcelona still can't turn the screw as the visitors clear their lines from the corner. Although they're behind Granada are not giving up.
    • 65'
      Suarez attempts to break in behind the Granada defence, but he loses control of the ball and sees it hit off him to present the visitors with a goal-kick.
    • 66'
      Boga bursts into space on the left flank and has options in the middle. He goes for the strike, but Denis Suarez gets back to make the block and concede a corner. The danger is still there for Barcelona. They desperately need to kill this game off.
    • 68'
      Even Messi has struggled with his final ball this evening as he misplaces another pass on the edge of the Granada box, allowing the visitors to clear the danger.
    • 70'
      Although Barcelona have been far from their best there's no sign of panic from their players. Their passing has been calm and composed even without its usual vigour.
    • 71'
      SI André Gomes SO Andreas Pereira
    • 71'
      Andre Gomes replaces Denis Suarez for the Catalan club.
    • 72'
      SI David Barral SO Andreas Pereira
    • 72'
      Kravets makes way for Barral.
    • 73'
      Toral goes into the book for a loose challenge on Neymar.
    • 73'
      Messi wastes a free-kick in a promising position as he lifts the ball towards Suarez, who is not expecting to receive the ball. Neymar desperately tries to keep it in play, but cannot stop it travelling out for a goal-kick.
    • 75'
      Suarez digs out an inviting cross to Gomes in the box, but the Portuguese takes a poor first touch and spurns the opening.
    • 77'
      SI Sergi Samper SO Andreas Pereira
    • 77'
      Toral makes way for Samper with 13 minutes remaining.
    • 78'
      Granada enjoy a decent spell of possession on the edge of the Barcelona box, but cannot penetrate the home side's defensive shield in front of Ter Stegen.
    • 79'
      Lomban goes into the book for bringing down Neymar.
    • 79'
      Neymar makes a brilliant run cutting across the pitch from left to right before he gets brought down right on the edge of the box by Lomban. A free-kick in a dangerous position awaits Ochoa and the Granada defence.
    • 80'
      Messi continues his below-par display by clipping the top of the wall with his free-kick, allowing Granada to clear. This performance just proves that the Argentine is human after all.
    • 82'
      CHANCE! Mascherano lifts a delightful ball into the box for Suarez's run, but the Uruguayan heads his effort straight at Ochoa from point-blank range. He and Messi have been very poor this evening.
    • 83'
      SI Paco Alcácer SO Andreas Pereira
    • 83'
      Suarez makes way and Alcacer arrives from the bench to replace him.
    • 84'
      Messi turns into traffic on the edge of the box, but somehow emerges with the ball. However, Lomban does enough to stop Alcacer from registering a shot from inside the box.
    • 87'
      And also for the Barcelona striker.
    • 87'
      A spot of handbags between Vezo and Neymar results in a booking for the Granada defender.
    • 89'
      Granada waste a good chance to knock the ball into the box from a free-kick as Mascherano clears Carcela's cross with ease.
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 90'
      CHANCE! Messi latches on to a ball over the top and has only Ochoa to beat to kill off the contest, but he strikes his effort over the bar. Just not his night.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Defender
    spain
    Sergi Roberto
    20

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    netherlands
    Ronald Koeman
    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 7 16
    Yellow Cards 1 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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