Barcelona took on a tricky opponent in Granada on Sunday night in La Liga, hoping to close in on the gap with Girona after the Catalans dropped points earlier in the week. However, it was never going to be easy for Xavi’s men, especially considering that they were winless against the opposition in their last four games.
Xavi regained the services of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen on the night. The German started in goal with Pau Cubarsi and Inigo Martinez in central defence. Jules Kounde and Joao Cancelo provided the width in defence as the full-backs.
Andreas Christensen started as the pivot on the night in a clever innovation while Ilkay Gundogan and Frenkie de Jong played as the other midfielders. Lamine Yamal, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri completed the forward trio on the night with the latter acting as a false winger.
The game at Montjuic began with Barcelona dominating the early possession, albeit with no assertion. Granada were alert to the loose balls and looked to pounce on the same from the get-go, making life for Xavi’s men very difficult.
After a slow start, Barcelona’s first reasonable attack of the game arose in the ninth minute. Lamine Yamal began the attack for the Blaugranas, finding Robert Lewandowski who in turn attempted a stylish pass to Ilkay Gundogan. The German appeared close to securing a big chance before the ball was effectively cleared.
Three minutes later, Yamal was on the money once more. Taking a few slick touches past his marker, the teenage sensation played a sensational cross into the centre for Robert Lewandowski who could not make contact with a sumptuous cross.
Despite the wasted chance, however, Barcelona took the lead in the very same minute. The move began with Frenkie de Jong who did well to find Joao Cancelo down the left flank before the Portuguese star cut in with a lovely delivery across the face of the goal. Pouncing on his chance, Yamal volleyed a stunning finish past the goalkeeper, giving his side the lead.
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Author : Adithya Eshwarla
Publish date : 2024-02-11 22:03:26
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