Register Login Scores

Barca Back To Winning Ways

Spanish La Liga

Result: Granada 1-3 Barcelona

Date: 28 February 2015

Venue: Estadio Los Carmenes

Goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez  and Lionel Messi handed Barcelona a 3-1 victory over Granada, as they returned to winning ways in the Spanish La Liga.

The Luis Enrique’s side lost 0-1 to Malaga last weekend.

Barcelona dominated the early exchanges of the match as expected, but found Granada well organised in defence and in the process they frustrated the Catalans.

Jhon Cordoba looked very lively for Granada and was the main threat to Barcelona’s defence that was missing suspended Gerrard Pique, while Javier Mascherano, was pushed into the midfield in the absence of rested Sergio Busquets.

However, Barcelona improved the tempo of their game and were rewarded with a goal as Ivan Rakitic, pouncing on a ball played in by Luis Suarez in the 25th minute, easily tapped in to put his team ahead.

The match headed to the half-time break at 1-0 in favour of Barcelona

Barcelona doubled their lead just three minutes into the second half with Suarez continuing with his fine form, after he netted a double in the midweek Champions’ League game.

The Uruguayan showed his hunger in front of goal beating a defender and scoring past the Granada goalkeeper after a good pass from Rakitic.

Marc Bartra fouled Granada’s Bangoura  inside the box in the 53rd minute and the referee did not hesitate and pointed to the spot, which was converted by Fran Rico, giving his team hope of a comeback.

However, it would be Barcelona increasing the score as Suarez unselfishly rolled the ball in the path of Lionel Messi, for the Argentinean to score the third goal for his team in the 70th minute.

The game failed to produce more goals as Barcelona bagged the three points.

Here’s how the teams lined up.

Granada: Oier, Nyom, Babin, Cala, Foulquier, Iturra, Fran Rico, Javi Marquez, Robert, Lass, Cordoba

Barcelona: Bravo, Alves, Bartra, Mathieu, Alba, Mascherano, Xavi, Rakitic, Messi, Neymar, Suarez

nextarticle

Starting XI: Granada v Barcelona

208 comments

Top 5

Rhulani On Lorch: That Behaviour Won't Be Condoned

103 Nov 26, 2019 10:32 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

13 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Middendorp Chooses His Own MOTM, Snubs Nurkovic

61 Nov 27, 2019 10:41 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

CR7 Teammate Makes Shocking Ballon d'Or Accusation

71 Dec 03, 2019 04:32 PM in Real Madrid

Pitso: The Trophy Is In Chloorkop!

186 Nov 25, 2019 10:41 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Messi Wins 2019 World's Best Playmaker Award, CR7 Not In Top 10

25 Dec 01, 2019 01:26 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Killer Rides: A Look At Mphela’s Luxury Motor Evolution

2 Dec 02, 2019 09:14 AM in Stars & Their Cars

Best XI To Never Win The Ballon d'Or

16 Dec 04, 2019 07:22 PM in Ballon d’Or

CR7 Teammate Makes Shocking Ballon d'Or Accusation

71 Dec 03, 2019 04:32 PM in Real Madrid

TKO Match Officials Lauded!

25 Nov 25, 2019 01:41 PM in Telkom Knockout

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

27 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Sirino Could Miss Final If Fixture Postponed…

13 Nov 25, 2019 12:01 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

20 Sep 15, 2019 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Motaung Apologises For Chiefs’ ‘Shocking Performance’

161 Nov 25, 2019 01:00 PM in Kaizer Chiefs