Terrible performance with and without the ball and a very disappointing result
Barcelona will finish the weekend in third position in the the league table and 10 points behind the leaders thanks to a wild and very disappointing 3-3 draw against Granada in the Montjuic Olympic Stadium on Sunday night. Barça played very poorly all night and made several errors with and without the ball, allowing the second-worst team in the league to earn a well-deserved point in Catalonia and end Barça’s title hopes.
Granada had a whole week to prepare for this match and were clearly prepared for the moment: the visitors came out with an excellent possession and exit plan, and made Barça’s life a living hell for the 45 minutes with well-executed high presses and speed. , incisive passing sequences that created dangerous attacks.
Barça had more of the ball but could not find a way to break through Granada’s pressure, with several wasted long passes and many errors in the center of the field that put pressure on the defense. The double pivot of Andreas Christensen and Frenkie de Jong barely saw the ball, and ball progression was a big problem throughout the period.
But blaugrana They still found a way to take the lead in the 14th minute when João Cancelo’s cross found Lamine Yamal alone at the far post for an easy volley and the first goal. The Catalans created absolutely nothing until almost half an hour later, when Yamal began a counterattack that ended with a sure goal from Robert Lewandowski, but Martin Hongla denied him with a spectacular clearance on the goal line.
Shortly after, the tie that the Granada game deserved came with a cross from Facundo Pellistri that found only the right back Ricard Sánchez inside the area for a very good finish that tied the game.
At half-time Barça was the second best in all aspects against the second worst team of the year. the league, and they were lucky not to lose at halftime. If the home team wanted the three points in the second half, they would need much more intensity and much better possession work.
Granada began the second half sinking deeper into a low block and seeking to frustrate Barça in the final third with a well-organized defensive structure. The Catalans finally had more ball in the visitors’ half, but they struggled to find space and there were no real opportunities in the early moments of the period.
Then, as we reached the hour mark, came a five-minute spell of madness: Granada took the lead when Pau Cubarsí failed to adequately clear a fairly simple cross inside the area and the ball fell to Myrto Uzuni, who gave Pellistri the extra touch. easy. -tackles at the far post to overtake the visiting team; Barça responded immediately after a great pass from Cancelo and an outrageous assist from Ilkay Gündogan to find Lewandowski to equalize, but Granada took the lead again just 90 seconds later when Faitout Maouassa’s cross found Ignasi Miquel and the captain he finished off with a header. The charge.
A wild sequence finally brought the match to life, and Barça only had 20 minutes plus injury time to find two late goals and rescue the victory. Xavi Hernández made a bold change with Raphinha replacing João Cancelo at left back, and the Brazilian only needed five minutes to make an impact.
It was a Raphinha cross that started the move that led to the tie, as Yamal won the ball from José Callejón on the edge of the area after the cross and fired a magnificent shot from 25 yards to tie the game for the third time. give Barça the opportunity to win it with 10 minutes left.
Xavi made one last roll of the dice at the death when Marc Guiu replaced Pedri looking for the winning goal in the final seconds, and Guiu missed a very good chance in added time with a header inside the six-yard box that went over of the area. bar.
That turned out to be the only chance Barça created in almost 9 minutes of added time, and the final whistle came to end a very disappointing and momentous night in the blaugranaThe chase for the title.
Granada extends its unbeaten streak against Barça in the league five games, and Xavi Hernández will leave his position in the summer without ever having beaten them. It’s a bad night all the way around, with Lamine Yamal the only bright spot in an otherwise terrible and listless team performance.
Barça took the game for granted, they didn’t work hard enough to win and not even Marc-André ter Stegen can help in this defense.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Cubarsí, Iñigo, Cancelo (Raphinha 75′); Christensen (Fermin 67′), De Jong; Yamal, Gündogan, Pedri (Guiu 89′); Lewandowski
Goals: Yamal (14′, 80′), Lewandowski (63′)
Grenade: Battle; Sánchez, Rubio, Hongla, Miquel, Maouassa; Pellistri (Jozwiak 84′), Ruiz, Gumbau (Torrent 90+5′), Melendo (Alley 75′); Uzuni (Arezo 84′)
Goals: Sánchez (43′), Pellistri (60′), Miquel (65′)