Barcelona vs Granada Highlights & Report 20 September 2021. SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 5. Referee: Latre S. (Esp), Attendance: 27 097, Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Barcelona vs Granada Report
Goal – 0:1 – 2’Duarte D.(Escudero S.), Granada CFIt’s a goal! Domingos Duarte (Granada CF) gets on the end of a pass and it allows him to finish into an empty net with a close-range header. The score has changed to 0:1.
Ronald Araújo rescued a 1-1 draw for Barcelona with a 90th-minute equaliser against La Liga strugglers Granada, who took the lead in the opening minutes. This maintains the Catalan giants’ unbeaten start to their league campaign.
‘La Bluagrana’s home form in La Liga before today was two wins out of two, but that perfect record was surprisingly under threat within just two minutes as Duarte headed in Sergio Escudero’s deep cross to hand Granada a very early shock lead. In doing so, the centre-back became only the second Granada player to score at both Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabéu in the 21st century.
A Barcelona onslaught ensued as they sought a way back into the game, and came agonisingly close to doing so when Sergi Roberto struck the crossbar. Ronald Araújo and Sergio Busquets each saw headed chances saved by ‘Nazaríes’ goalkeeper Luís Maximiano, but even with a commanding 78% possession in the first half, ‘Barça’ still couldn’t break down a stubborn and hard-working Granada side.
After HT, Ronald Koeman’s team found more gaps in the visitors’ defence and got the ball to danger man Memphis Depay, although the Dutch striker squandered two chances early on. From the hosts’ perspective, the game was crying out for a moment of magic, and it came from an unlikely source. In the 90th minute, 22-year-old centre-back Araújo got forward and jumped highest to head in the equaliser to salvage a point for ‘La Blaugrana’.
Granada were agonisingly close to their first La Liga win of the campaign, and what would have been their first back-to-back wins over the Catalan giants in the club’s history. Barça, whilst spared the blushes of a first loss of the season, drop points at home as they seek to keep up with title rivals Real and Atlético Madrid at this early stage.