Barcelona returned to the winning ways in La Liga with a good 4-0 victory at Camp Nou against Granada, thanks to a hat-trick from Lionel Messi and a goal from Neymar. It was a nice, easy victory with very little fight from the opponents. A fifteen-minute blitz gave the Blaugrana two goals, and then it wasn't hard to control the match and finish the weekend with an important win.
Granada came out in a surprising way, differently from most teams at Camp Nou: pushing forward, trying to disrupt the build-up play in hopes to recover the ball close to the opposing box. That naturally left gaps on the defensive side, which Barça quickly saw and worked on. Lionel Messi found Arda Turan on the left side, and the Turkish midfielder got his first assist in a Blaugrana kit, finding Messi again for the opening goal.
Seven minutes later, a beautiful combination by the 'MSN' trio, started by Neymar and assisted by Suárez ended with Messi's second goal of the half. From then on, the Blaugranes were hoping to find chances through patient play, but couldn't convert for a third or fourth score. Still, it was a pleasant, easy half, with a win already in the bag.
Same script: Granada going forward, Barça taking advantage of the gaps left behind. With more possession, and control, Barça continued dominating, and got the third goal again in the initial fifteen minutes. A Neymar shot hit the post and fell to Messi, who got his hat-trick with a calm finish.
Both teams weren't as intense for the remainder of the game and seemed content with the result staying what it was, but as soon as the ball got to MSN's feet, another goal came. Luis Suárez assisted Neymar, who got his goal and stretched the lead.
In the end, a very good, comfortable victory, and everything back on track.
Barcelona: Bravo; Vidal (Alves), Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, Turan (Adriano); Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Goals: Messi (7', 14', 58'), Neymar (83')
Granada: Andrés; Edgar, Lombán, Dória, Biraghi; Rochina (Javi Márquez), Krhin (Mainz), Rubén Pérez, Uche, Success; Peñaranda (Ibáñez)