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Granada C.F 0-3 FC Barcelona, 2015/16 La Liga: Match Review

A review of Barça’s cruise to the La Liga title with a 3-0 win over Granada.

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So it all came down to this. 37 games completed but the season would need one more to decide the recipient of the league trophy. Atlético Madrid had fallen away last weekend which meant this was a straight shootout between Barça and Real Madrid.

Granada Barcelona
Possession 33% 67%
Total Shots 8 12
Shots on Target 2 10
Corners 5 6
Fouls 12 10
Offsides 3 3
Yellow Cards 5 2
Red Cards 0 0

Of course, the advantage was firmly with Barça. Achieve victory against Granada and the title would be theirs but there was still an outside chance Madrid could pip them to the post. Barca started the game like a team hungry for the title. They were immediately on top of the opponent and within seven minutes, there had been a goal-line clearance.

A corner was flicked up at the near post by Javier Mascherano and Gerard Piqué was the man to meet it. His header was just pushed away by Andrés Fernández in a move the made some question why goal-line technology was not in place. But replays did show the ball hadn't entirely crossed the line.

However, three minutes later and Barcelona were again troubling Fernández. This time it was Lionel Messi running parallel to the box. He hit it with his weaker right foot and after a slight bend in the air, the keeper palmed the ball over the bar.

A few minutes later and Messi was the one providing. A great ball over the top was met by Neymar but the bounce allowed the defender to chase back and launch it for a corner. That corner resulted in another header for Piqué but this time it was easily caught.

In Madrid's game, Los Blancos had taken the lead meaning they stood on top of the table. However that was short lived as in the 22nd minute, Barça took the lead. Granada were playing very narrow which allowed Jordi Alba and Dani Alves to exploit the wings. It was the former that created the goal. A quick one-two with Neymar and Alba was away down the left side of the penalty area. Looking up, he slid the ball across the goal to the grateful feet of Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan slotted the ball home to tighten his grip on the Pichichi trophy.

The attacking efforts didn't stop there though and Granada could not get any grip on the game. A clear handball allowed Messi to have a free kick effort but it was comfortably saved.

Madrid had gone 2-0 up and similar to the first goal, Barça responded in quick fashion. A long ball forward by Mascherano looked to be going nowhere until Alves sprinted to retrieve it. With the ball just reaching the byline, the full back managed to get a cross in. No one had believed he'd reach it, other than Luis Suárez. The Barça number 9 nipped in front of the keeper at the near post to head the ball into the net for his second of the game.

The half time whistle arrived with Barcelona in cruise control and a comfortable score of 2-0. The team emerged from the tunnel and Suárez was all but confirmed as the league's top scorer with Ronaldo retiring at half time in the other game.

In the second half, Granada began to grow into the game more and managed to create a clear chance in the 58th minute. Alves had pushed up high which allowed Fran Rico to run towards goal. It required a good save from Marc André ter Stegen to prevent the ball from reaching the net.

On the flip side, Barça were searching for the third goal which would kill the game. After the hour mark Suárez had worked space on the right flank and drilled the ball across the box. Neymar reached to make contact but it was light and his attempt to find the far corner was denied by the keeper.

The game was coasting towards the final whistle as Luis Enrique elected to bring in some fresh legs. Mascherano was replaced by Jérémy Mathieu and Ivan Rakitić was replaced by Arda Turan. But Barcelona were still lacking that third goal which meant as we entered the final ten minutes there was still a chance of a twist in the tale. Enrique was pictured looking rather nervous on the sideline as he counted down the seconds.

Luckily for him, five minutes later they got it. Neymar excellently broke the offside trap and unselfishly passes the ball to Suárez. The striker easily slides it into the goal to wrap up his hat trick and the league title for Barcelona.

Roll Call Info
Total comments 432
Total commenters 43
Commenter list Anders Thomassen, Anirudh_Kul, AraibKarim, Artemis11, Ashraf Arefin, AzBlaug, BDBarca, BarcaGH, Bithal, Cajunb, Daxterflames, FCB_Z8, FZBoy, JordanBelfort, Korosensei, LEastCoastBears, NamesTroyResideInTheDMV, PG9, SafaaLeon62, Sawban Busquets :D, ShantanuC, Som-i-Serem, TheGodfather21, ZTAhmad, alimomoney, alonso_fan46, avyator, chrisolin65, culegun, el_uruguayo, feeya7, footballfordoze, hacastillot, henderick.mitchell, irapotato, khanhung.tran, knorkinator, ledhe, madr0id, magnithor, mickael2, syredeathtrooper, uday kakoti
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# Commenter # Comments
1 Artemis11 58
2 Som-i-Serem 51
3 syredeathtrooper 42
4 JordanBelfort 38
5 AzBlaug 26
6 BDBarca 26
7 chrisolin65 25
8 ShantanuC 20
9 Daxterflames 18
10 Ashraf Arefin 14
11 AraibKarim 13
12 avyator 12
13 SafaaLeon62 8
14 FCB_Z8 8
15 feeya7 7
16 FZBoy 7
17 footballfordoze 6
18 ledhe 6
19 Anirudh_Kul 5
20 PG9 4
21 LEastCoastBears 4
22 Bithal 4
23 hacastillot 3
24 mickael2 2
25 uday kakoti 2
26 ZTAhmad 2
27 madr0id 2
28 Korosensei 2
29 TheGodfather21 2
30 NamesTroyResideInTheDMV 2
31 knorkinator 1
32 BarcaGH 1
33 khanhung.tran 1
34 Sawban Busquets :D 1
35 alimomoney 1
36 henderick.mitchell 1
37 Anders Thomassen 1
38 culegun 1
39 alonso_fan46 1
40 Cajunb 1
41 el_uruguayo 1
42 magnithor 1
43 irapotato 1
# Recs Commenter Comment Link
7 madr0id Gotta love Suarez
6 syredeathtrooper Me right now
4 AraibKarim MSN have now scored 250 goals
2 chrisolin65 Nah we should we win it
2 chrisolin65 Also the ball from Masche was amazing
2 syredeathtrooper AMAZING from Masche and Dani Alves. WOW!
2 AraibKarim according to some fans on MM, "Madrid has failed Ronaldo"
2 Bithal For Rm this match is 'let's try and get the crybaby pichichi' match
1 magnithor Elsewhere in Spain
1 JordanBelfort please stop it, in la masia they teach the complete opposite of your behaviour
1 Daxterflames It's okay!
1 Artemis11 The irony is just hilarious
1 syredeathtrooper Man Alves is HUNGRY
1 syredeathtrooper Yeah, Alba has been great defensively as well, like last season.
1 chrisolin65 Last Final left
1 LEastCoastBears one game and trophy down, one more trophy and game to go
1 Artemis11 Time to make this place blue
1 Som-i-Serem Our 2 fullbacks have been absolutely fantastic today!
1 Artemis11 Wonder why he'd celebrate so much when he knows that those goals won't count for anything.
1 ledhe [no title]
1 Som-i-Serem I'll put my hands-up and say I was so wrong (Although he was very good in 2011-12)
1 Som-i-Serem Look at Mascherano at the touchline!
1 AzBlaug Munir watching on and thinking.
1 Ashraf Arefin Where is my BRIEFCASE?
1 AzBlaug Let's now wait for...
1 chrisolin65 CR7 won't win the Pichichi
1 ledhe Suarez and Ronaldo
1 AzBlaug For what? Atletico Madrid?
1 avyator That's his excuse for not winning Pichichi
1 syredeathtrooper It came out of absolutely nowhere
1 JordanBelfort man hopefully madrid will lose CR7 in the summer to PSG
1 Artemis11 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 Artemis11 suarez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 syredeathtrooper Fantastic 1-2 between Alba and Neymar
1 chrisolin65 YES!!!!!!!!!
1 SafaaLeon62 Suareeeeeez
1 alonso_fan46 0-1 94th minute winner. Mascherano bicycle kick into the top right corner.
1 SafaaLeon62 You could water the whole farm right
1 Som-i-Serem SUAREZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 AzBlaug GOOAAAL!!!!!!
1 Anirudh_Kul SUAREZ
1 Anirudh_Kul SUAREZ
1 FZBoy SUAREZ!!!!
1 chrisolin65 GOAL!!!!!!!
1 mickael2 Meanwhile
1 Som-i-Serem And there you have it!!
1 ShantanuC No need.
1 Daxterflames And most fit player award.
1 FZBoy Granada are brutally manhandling Barca, but Barca are tactically screwing them
1 Som-i-Serem Opened up the counter for Granada, but they got screwed by their own fuckall pitch.
1 Daxterflames Calm down.

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